/ (ˌæsəˈfɛtɪdə) /
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a bitter resin with an unpleasant onion-like smell, obtained from the roots of some umbelliferous plants of the genus Ferula: formerly used as a carminative, antispasmodic, and expectorant
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Word Origin for asafoetida
C14: from Medieval Latin, from asa gum (compare Persian azā mastic) + Latin foetidus evil-smelling, fetid
Words nearby asafoetida
arytenoid, as, Asa, ASA/BS, asafetida, asafoetida, Asahigawa, asalam-wa-leikum, as all getout, Asama, as a matter of course
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How to use asafoetida in a sentence
"Let me see how much asafoetida you've got," said Sneak, after they had walked a few moments in silence.Wild Western Scenes|John Beauchamp Jones
It is generally a greasy stew of mutton, soaked with rancid butter and saffron, and seasoned with asafoetida.Mogreb-el-Acksa|R. B. Cunninghame Graham
They do not use asafoetida (hing) nor the fruit of the umar fig-tree.
Some take it up like a hot horseshoe, and hold it off at arm's length like a druggist pouring tincture of asafoetida in a bottle.Heart of the West|O. Henry
His wry faces were from no indigestion, but from the savour of asafoetida, unrelieved by brandy.Feats on the Fiord|Harriet Martineau