[del-ee-uh m, -yuh m]
- a fragrant gum resin obtained from certain burseraceous plants, as of the genus Commiphora.
- a plant yielding this resin.
- a substance mentioned in the Bible. Gen. 2:12; Num. 11:7.
Origin of bdellium
< Latin < Greek bdéllion, probably from a Sem word akin to Hebrew bedhōlah, name of a fragrant yellowish transparent gum
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Examples from the Web for bdellium
They were brimful of myrobalan, bdellium, saffron, and violets.Salammbo
Was "bdellium" (as probably being a fragrant gum) one of these offerings?
Pliny also mentions "Bdellium," if that was the substance known as "B'dolach."
Now the manna was like coriander seed, of the colour of bdellium.
The bdellium mentioned in Gen. ii, 12, was apparently a precious stone, perhaps a pearl.
- any of several African or W Asian trees of the burseraceous genus Commiphora that yield a gum resin
- the aromatic gum resin, similar to myrrh, produced by any of these trees
C16: from Latin, from Greek bdellion, perhaps from Hebrew bědhōlah
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