Definitions

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  • n. the brownish gum resin of various plants; has strong taste and odor; formerly used as an antispasmodic

Etymologies

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

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