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liquidambar

[lik-wid-am-ber, lik-wid-am-]
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noun
  1. any tree of the genus Liquidambar, including the sweet gum.
  2. the fragrant, yellowish, balsamic liquid exuded by this tree, used in medicine.Compare storax(def 2).

Origin of liquidambar

1590–1600; < New Latin: genus name. See liquid, amber
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Examples from the Web for liquidambar

Historical Examples

  • But as to the liquidambar, or sweet-gum, there can be no question.

    Getting Acquainted with the Trees

    J. Horace McFarland

  • The coloring of the Liquidambar in the fall is very beautiful.

    Woodcraft

    Alan Douglas

  • The trees were the liquidambar styraciflua, sweet or red gum, and were sent from the South.

  • The sweet-gum, copalm, or alligator tree (Liquidambar styraciflua).

  • There is not a more characteristic tree known than the sweet-gum, or liquidambar.

    Evolution

    Joseph Le Conte


British Dictionary definitions for liquidambar

liquidambar

noun
  1. any deciduous tree of the hamamelidaceous genus Liquidambar, of Asia and North and Central America, with star-shaped leaves, and exuding a yellow aromatic balsamSee also sweet gum
  2. the balsam of this tree, used in medicineSee also storax (def. 1)

Word Origin

C16: New Latin, from Latin liquidus liquid + Medieval Latin ambar amber
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