Labdanum definition

lădn-əm
A resin of certain Mediterranean rockroses of the genus Cistus, yielding a fragrant essential oil used in flavorings and perfumes.
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A dark resin obtained from various cistus shrubs, used in perfumery.
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A resin of certain Mediterranean rockroses of the genus Cistus, yielding a fragrant essential oil used in flavorings and perfumes.
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A sticky brown resin obtained from species of rockrose, used mainly in perfume.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of labdanum - ladanum

Origin of labdanum

  • Middle English from Medieval Latin lapdanum, labdanum alteration of Latin lādanum from Greek lēdanon, lādanon, from lēdon, *lādon rockrose of Semitic origin Old South Arabian ldn probably a kind of rockrose and Akkadian ladinnu, ladunu labdanum ldn in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin lādanum, from Ancient Greek λήδανον (lēdanon, “gum”), from λήδον (lēdon, “rockrose”), from a Semitic language; compare Akkadian [Cuneiform?] [script?] (ladinnu).

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