asafetida

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n asafetida the brownish gum resin of various plants; has strong taste and odor; formerly used as an antispasmodic
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Asafetida The fetid gum resin or inspissated juice of a large umbelliferous plant (Ferula asafÅ“tida) of Persia and the East Indies. It is used in medicine as an antispasmodic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n asafetida A fetid inspissated sap from Persia and Afghanistan, the concrete juice from the roots of several large umbelliferous plants of the genus Ferula, especially F. Narthex (Narthex Asafœtida) and F. Scorodosma (Scorodosma fœtida). The drug has a powerful and persistent alliaceous odor and bitter acrid taste, and consists of resin, gum, and an essential oil which contains sulphur. It is used as an antispasmodic, and in India and Persia also as a condiment. Also spelled assafœtida.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Asa, + L. foetidus, fetid

Usage

In literature:

We used asafetida and put a piece in a bag and hung it round our necks.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Asafetida was used on us at all times and sage tea was considered a splendid medicine.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume IV, Georgia Narratives, Part 1" by Work Projects Administration
The drug asafetida is a product of this order.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 829, November 21, 1891" by Various
It was wonderful the way Pink tracked her shoes by the asafetida.
"Phyllis" by Maria Thompson Daviess
Most all the slaves wore a sack of assfiddy (asafetida) 'round deir necks all de time to keep 'em from gittin' sick.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Asafetida tied around the neck will prevent smallpox.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
We dipped asafetida in turpentine and hung it 'round our necks to keep off disease.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
Asafetida, Oil of Turpentine, each one ounce.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
All we ever wore to keep off diseases was asafetida, nothing else.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
Us used to wear garlic and asafetida 'round our neck to keep off diseases; never had many neither.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
I know dey made us wear assfiddy (asafetida) sacks 'round our necks, and eat gumgoo wax.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Women tightened up about the throat and dared to wonder whether he wore a chest-protector and asafetida bag.
"Just Around the Corner" by Fannie Hurst
This has been found to be the case with asafetida, valerian, ichthyol, etc.
"Dietetics for Nurses" by Fairfax T. Proudfit
Asafetida is found in commerce in "lump" or in "tear," the latter being the purer form.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
Borax, asafetida, and other commodities are brought in bags on the backs of sheep driven in large flocks from Tibet into British territory.
"Beast and Man in India" by John Lockwood Kipling
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