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asafetida

[ as-uh-fet-i-duh ]
/ ˌæs əˈfɛt ɪ də /
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noun

a soft, brown, lumpy gum resin having a bitter, acrid taste and an obnoxious odor, obtained from the roots of several Near Eastern plants belonging to the genus Ferula, of the parsley family, used in folk medicine to prevent disease and in Indian cuisine as a flavoring, and formerly used in medicine as a carminative and antispasmodic.

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Also a·sa·foet·i·da; as·fet·i·da [as-fet-i-duh] /æsˈfɛt ɪ də/
Also called devil's dung, food of the gods.

Origin of asafetida

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Medieval Latin asafoetida, equivalent to asa (from Persian āzā “mastic, gum”) + Latin foetida, feminine of foetidus; see origin at fetid
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