- a solid resin with a vanillalike odor, obtained from a small tree, Styrax officinalis: formerly used in medicine and perfumery.
- a liquid balsam (liquid storax) obtained from species of liquidambar, especially from the wood and inner bark of Liquidambar orientalis (Levant storax), a tree of Asia Minor: used chiefly in medicine and perfumery.
- any shrub or tree of the genus Styrax, of the storax family, having elongated clusters of showy, white flowers.
Origin of storax
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin, variant of styrax < Greek stýrax
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Examples from the Web for storax
Benzoin and storax are used also on account of their agreeable odour.
Benzoin and storax are also used, on account of their agreeable odour.
By moistening ordinary cigars with a strong tincture of cascarilla, to which a little gum benzoin and storax may be added.
Benzoin, dragon's-blood, and storax are not true balsams, though sometimes called so.
The storax is here chiefly employed to disguise the odour and taste of opium.
- any of numerous styracaceous trees or shrubs of the genus Styrax, of tropical and subtropical regions, having drooping showy white flowers
- a vanilla-scented solid resin obtained from one of these trees, Styrax officinalis of the Mediterranean region and SW Asia, formerly used as incense and in perfumery and medicine
- a liquid aromatic balsam obtained from liquidambar trees, esp Liquidambar orientalis of SW Asia, and used in perfumery and medicine
C14: via Late Latin from Greek, variant of styrax
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