- 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: formerly used in medicine as a carminative and antispasmodic.
Origin of asafetida
Examples from the Web for asafoetida
Historical Examples of asafoetida
Other products are manna, suffron, asafoetida and other gums.
Everything was running over with wine, truffles, and asafoetida.Salammbo
He reproached himself for having brought neither camphor nor asafoetida, to administer with the corn-brandy.Feats on the Fiord
Saffron, asafoetida, and the gum ammoniac plant, are indigenous in parts of it.
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
- 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
Word Origin for asafoetida
late 14c., from Medieval Latin asa (Latinized from Persian aza "mastic") + foetida, fem. of foetidus "stinking" (see fetid).