Origin of benzoin1
Origin of benzoin2
Examples from the Web for benzoin
Historical Examples of benzoin
It has been identified with benzoin, but was probably frankincense.
Benzoin and storax are used also on account of their agreeable odour.
Vanillin also occurs in Siam benzoin, in raw beet-sugar and in cloves.
There is also much lac and benzoin of two kinds, white and black.
Benzoin and storax are also used, on account of their agreeable odour.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Word Origin for benzoin
balsamic resin obtained from a tree (Styrax benzoin) of Indonesia, 1560s (earlier as bengewine, 1550s), from Middle French benjoin (16c.), which comes via Spanish, Portuguese, or Italian from Arabic luban jawi "incense of Java" (actually Sumatra, with which the Arabs confused it), with lu probably mistaken in Romance languages for a definite article. The English form with -z- is perhaps from influence of Italian benzoi (Venetian, 1461).