Definitions

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

  • n. See snowbell.
  • n. An aromatic resin obtained from the snowbell. Also called styrax.
  • n. A brownish aromatic resin used in perfume and medicine and obtained from any of several trees of the genus Liquidambar, especially L. orientalis, of Turkey. Also called styrax.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any member of the genus Styrax of trees and shrubs.
  • n. The resin of the oriental sweetgum tree (Liquidambar orientalis).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of a number of similar complex resins obtained from the bark of several trees and shrubs of the Styrax family. The most common of these is liquid storax, a brown or gray semifluid substance of an agreeable aromatic odor and balsamic taste, sometimes used in perfumery, and in medicine as an expectorant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A solid resin resembling benzoin, with the fragrance of vanilla, formerly obtained from a small tree, Styrax officinalis, of Asia Minor and Syria.
  • n. The tree yielding storax, or some other tree or shrub of the same genus.

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

  • n. a vanilla-scented resin from various trees of the genus Styrax

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin, alteration of styrax, from Greek sturax, perhaps of Semitic origin; see Ṣ́rw in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Frankincense they collect by burning the storax, which is brought thence to the Hellenes by the

    The History of Herodotus

  • Take half an ounce of samphire, dissolve it in two ounces of aquævitæ, add to it one ounce of quicksilver, one ounce of liquid storax, which is the droppings of Myrrh and hinders the camphire from firing; take also two ounces of hematitus, a red stone to be had at the druggist's, and when you buy it let them beat it to powder in their great mortar, for it is so very hard that it cannot be done in a small one; put this to the afore-mentioned composition, and when you intend to walk on the bar you must annoint your feet well therewith, and you may walk over without danger: by this you may wash your hands in boiling lead.

    Miracle Mongers and Their Methods

  • Take half an ounce of samphire, dissolve it in two ounces of aquaevitae, add to it one ounce of quicksilver, one ounce of liquid storax, which is the droppings of Myrrh and hinders the camphire from firing; take also two ounces of hematitus, a red stone to be had at the druggist's, and when you buy it let them beat it to powder in their great mortar, for it is so very hard that it cannot be done in a small one; put this to the afore-mentioned composition, and when you intend to walk on the bar you must annoint your feet well therewith, and you may walk over without danger: by this you may wash your hands in boiling lead.

    The Miracle Mongers, an Exposé

  • Frankincense they collect by burning the storax, which is brought thence to the Hellenes by the Phenicians, by burning this, I say, so as to produce smoke they take it; for these trees which produce frankincense are guarded by winged serpents, small in size and of various colours, which watch in great numbers about each tree, of the same kind as those which attempt to invade Egypt: [97a] and they cannot be driven away from the trees by any other thing but only the smoke of storax.

    The history of Herodotus — Volume 1

  • Paying him little heed when he entered, Kudra remained bent over a large candle, heating some newly purchased storax resin in a metal cup.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • As it relaxed its grip on itself, the wad of storax caused the room to smell like the center of a chocolate cream.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • A resinoid of storax, fixed with tincture of labdanum (pressed from the fatty arteries of the rockrose), proved a sufficient camouflage for a walk around the block, but it had no more staying power than patchouli.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • The corona of candlelight and the vanilla halo of storax ringed her concentrically, as if she were twice blessed, a double madonna.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • The notes in Burnt Amber blend convincingly, creating an illusionary world where sweetness is dry and smoke is moist… In one breath, oozing honey, balsams, labdanum and storax crystallize themselves into incense resins burning with thick, lung-invading smoke that uplifts the spirits and hugs the heart.

    Burnt Amber

  • It is myrrh and storax, and chlorine and rosemary.

    An Address

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