Asafoetida Definition

noun

A resinous gum from the stem and roots of a wild fennel (Ferula asafoetida), having a strong, unpleasant smell, with culinary and medical uses. [from 14th c.]

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Origin of Asafoetida

  • From Medieval Latin asafoetida, from Persian ازا / آزا (azā, āzā, “mastic”) + Latin foetida, feminine of foetidus (“bad-smelling”).

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