[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.

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Origin of bdellium

< Latin < Greek bdéllion, probably from a Sem word akin to Hebrew bedhōlah, name of a fragrant yellowish transparent gum Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bdellium



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

Word Origin for bdellium

C16: from Latin, from Greek bdellion, perhaps from Hebrew bědhōlah

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