ladanum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ladanum a soft blackish-brown resinous exudate from various rockroses used in perfumes especially as a fixative
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ladanum A gum resin gathered from certain Oriental species of Cistus. It has a pungent odor and is chiefly used in making plasters, and for fumigation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ladanum A resinous juice that exudes from the Cistus ladaniferus, a shrub which grows in Spain and Portugal, and from C. Creticus and C. salvifolius, which grow in Crete, Syria, etc. The best sort occurs in commerce in dark-colored or black masses, of the consistence of a soft plaster. The other sort is in long rolls coiled up, harder than the former, and of a paler color. It was formerly much used medicinally in external applications and as a stomachic, but is now in little request. It is also used in perfumery and in fumigating-pastils. Also labdanum, laudanum, gum ladanum, gum labdanum, gum ledon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ladanum lad′a-num a resinous exudation from the leaves of a shrub growing round the Mediterranean
    • Ladanum Also Lab′danum
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ladanum, ledanum, Gr. la`danon lh`danon, fr. lh^don name of a shrub, mastic; cf. Per. lādan, lāden,. Cf. Laudanum

Usage

In literature:

Ladanum (Laudanum) from Cyprus and Candia.
"The Story of Geographical Discovery" by Joseph Jacobs
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