[ del-ee-uhm, -yuhm ]
/ ˈdɛl i əm, -yəm /
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a fragrant gum resin obtained from certain plants of the genus Commiphora, family Burseraceae, especially the sub-Saharan trees C. africana and C. wightii.
a plant yielding this resin.
a substance mentioned in the Bible. Genesis 2:12; Numbers 11:7.



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Origin of bdellium

From Latin, from Greek bdéllion, probably from a Semitic word akin to Hebrew bedhōlah, the name of a fragrant yellowish transparent gum

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British Dictionary definitions for bdellium

/ (ˈdɛlɪəm) /


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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