A bitter, bad-smelling Asian gum resin, obtained from various plants (genus Ferula) of the umbel family, formerly used in medicine.
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Origin of Galbanum
Middle English from Latin from Greek khalbanēof Semitic originx̣lb in Semitic roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latingalbanum (“galbanum”), from Ancient Greek χαλβάνη (khalbanē, “galbanum”).
Galbanum Sentence Examples
Quercus Ilex, the evergreen oak of southern Europe, is found in forests as far east as the Sutlej, accompanied with other European forms. In the higher parts of Afghanistan and Persia Boraginaceae and thistles abound; gigantic Umbelliferae, such as Ferula, Galbanum, Dorema, Bubon, Peucedanum, Prangos, and others, also characterize the same districts, and some of them extend into Tibet.
Other gums are gum-ammoniac, asafetida, galbanum, sagapanum, sarcocolla and opoponax.
It is obtained on fusing many resins (galbanum, asafoetida, &c.) with caustic potash, or by the distillation of Brazil-wood extract.
In this group may be included the oleo-resins, such as copaiba, cubebs and Canada balsam; the gum-resins, such as asafetida, myrrh, ammoniacum and galbanum; and the true balsams, such as benzoin, storax, balsam of Tolu and balsam of Peru.
Take fragrant spices; gum mastic, aromatic shells, 4 galbanum; add pure frankincense to the spices in equal proportions.
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