- n Commiphora genus of East Indian and African trees yielding balsamic products
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n commiphora A genus of trees and shrubs, natural order Burseraceæ, natives of Africa and the East Indies, and abounding in fragrant balsams and resins. Many of the species are imperfectly known. The principal are: C. Myrrha, yielding African myrrh; C. Opobalsamum, yielding Arabian myrrh and the balm of Gilead or balsam of Mecca; C. Mukul, yielding African bdellium; and the Indian species (C. Kataf, etc.) from which the resins called besabol and hodthai are obtained.