from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See benzoin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A balsamic resin from the bark of Styrax trees used in perfumes, incense, and medicine; benzoin resin.
  • n. A type of tree which produces benzoin or has similar properties; specifically, Styrax benzoin, Lindera benzoin, or Ficus benjamina; a benjamin tree.
  • n. A kind of upper coat for men.
  • n. Alternative form of Benjamin: a US $100 bill.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See benzoin.
  • n. A kind of upper coat for men.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of top coat or overcoat formerly worn by men.
  • n. Gum benjamin. See benzoin.
  • n. An essence made from benzoin.
  • n. in Australian Pidgin-English, a married man: a husband.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Old Testament) the youngest and best-loved son of Jacob and Rachel and one of the twelve forebears of the tribes of Israel
  • n. gum resin used especially in treating skin irritation


Alteration (influenced by the name Benjamin) of benjoin, benzoin; see benzoin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From benzoin. (Wiktionary)
From the image of Benjamin Franklin on the US $100 bill. (Wiktionary)



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