- a resinous juice that exudes from various rockroses of the genus Cistus: used in perfumery, fumigating substances, etc.
Origin of labdanum
1350–1400; Middle English labdanum, lapdanum < Medieval Latin, for Latin lādanum < Greek lā́danon, akin to lêdon rockrose < Semitic
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Examples from the Web for labdanum
You may try a strong ethereal or alcoholic solution of benzoin, tolu, storax, olibanum or labdanum.
Aromaticus, and as much Labdanum; beat the whole into a very fine powder, and sift it through a lawn sieve.The Toilet of Flora
Mrs. Burton followed in December, with her entire fortune—a modest 300 in gold, and life promised to be all labdanum.The Life of Sir Richard Burton
“Stripes of labdanum” or ladanum: a fragrant, resinous exudation from the plants Cystus creticus and Cystus ladaniferus.The Browning Cyclopdia
- a dark resinous juice obtained from various rockroses of the genus Cistus, used in perfumery and in the manufacture of fumigants and medicinal plasters
C16: Latin, from Greek ladanon, from lēdon rockrose, from Semitic
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