from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bitter, aromatic gum resin extracted from an Asiatic plant (Ferula galbaniflua) or any of several related plants and used in incense and medicinally as a counterirritant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bitter, aromatic resin or gum, extracted from plants of the genus Ferula, that resembles assafoetida and has been used in incense and in aromatherapy
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gum resin obtained from species of Ferula, especially F. galbaniflua and F. rubricaulis, of the desert regions of Persia. It occurs in the form of translucent tears, and has a peculiar aromatic odor and a disagreeable alliaceous taste. It is used in medicine as a stimulating expectorant and as an ingredient in plasters.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a bitter aromatic gum resin that resembles asafetida
Middle English, from Latin, from Greek khalbanē, of Semitic origin; see ḥlb in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin galbanum ("galbanum"), from Ancient Greek χαλβάνη (khalbanē, "galbanum"). (Wiktionary)