storax

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n storax a vanilla-scented resin from various trees of the genus Styrax
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Storax 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.☞ A yellow aromatic honeylike substance, resembling, and often confounded with, storax, is obtained from the American sweet gum tree (Liquidambar styraciflua), and is much used as a chewing gum, called sweet gum, and liquid storax. Cf. Liquidambar.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n storax A solid resin resembling benzoin, with the fragrance of vanilla, formerly obtained from a small tree, Styrax officinalis, of Asia Minor and Syria. It was in use from ancient times down to the close of the last century, but has disappeared from the market, the trees having been mostly reduced to bushes by excessive lopping.
    • n storax The tree yielding storax, or some other tree or shrub of the same genus. Among the American species, Styrax Californica is a handsome Californian shrub. See cut in next column.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Storax stō′raks a resin resembling benzoin, obtained from the stem of Styrax officinalis, a native of Greece and the Levant, formerly used as a stimulating expectorant
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. storax, styrax, Gr. . Cf. Styrax
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. styrax.

Usage

In literature:

Liquid storax is now used to anoint the tongue when red-hot irons are to be placed in the mouth.
"The Miracle Mongers, an Exposé" by Harry Houdini
Des Esseintes warmed a pellet of storax, and a singular odor, at once repugnant and exquisite, pervaded the room.
"Against The Grain" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
They were laden with benzoin, storax, pepper, china dishes, and pitch.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. VIII." by Robert Kerr
Either myrrh, benzoin, storax, or tolu, answer equally well.
"The Art of Perfumery" by G. W. Septimus Piesse
So vanish hence, but leave a name as sweet As benjamin and storax when they meet.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
He was perfumed with storax and benzoin.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Those found in commerce are the balsam of Peru, balsam of Tolu, liquid storax and liquidambar.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
Then take the best labdanum, benjoin, with storaxes, ambergris, civet, and musk.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
Benzoin, dragon's-blood, and storax are not true balsams, though sometimes called so.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
Storax alone, or juniper?
"King Lear's Wife; The Crier by Night; The Riding to Lithend; Midsummer-Eve; Laodice and Danaë" by Gordon Bottomley
Besides he carried upon him scents of storax and benzoin.
"The Story of Magellan and The Discovery of the Philippines" by Hezekiah Butterworth
You may try a strong ethereal or alcoholic solution of benzoin, tolu, storax, olibanum or labdanum.
"Scientific American, Vol. XXXIX.--No. 24. [New Series.], December 14, 1878" by Various
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