galbanum


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Galban \Gal"ban\, Galbanum \Gal"ba*num\, n. [L. galbanum, Gr. ?,
   prob. from Heb. klekb'n?h: cf. F. galbanum.]
   A gum resin exuding from the stems of certain Asiatic
   umbelliferous plants, mostly species of Ferula. The {Bubon
   Galbanum} of South Africa furnishes an inferior kind of
   galbanum. It has an acrid, bitter taste, a strong, unpleasant
   smell, and is used for medical purposes, also in the arts, as
   in the manufacture of varnish.
   [1913 Webster]
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