- a gum resin with a peculiar, strong odor, obtained from certain Asian plants of the genus Ferula, used in incense and formerly in medicine.
Origin of galbanum
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin; akin to Greek chalbánē, Hebrew chelbenāh
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Examples from the Web for galbanum
This is the point for the application of the galbanum or other "warm plaster."Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million
Sarah Josepha Hale
A suffumigation of sandarach1100 with galbanum, or goats fat, will drive away Scorpions and every other reptile.
To these the fœtid gums are to be added, especially assa fœtida, myrrh, and galbanum.Medica Sacra
Gum resins are partly resinous and partly mucilaginous; as lac, assaftida, galbanum.The Pyrotechnist's Treasury
Galbanum killeth serpents only by touching, if oyle and the herbe called Fenell-giant be mixt withall.Curious Creatures in Zoology
- a bitter aromatic gum resin extracted from any of several Asian umbelliferous plants of the genus Ferula, esp F. galbaniflua, and used in incense and medicinally as a counterirritant
C14: from Latin, from Greek khalbanē, from Hebrew helbenāh
- A bitter, aromatic gum resin extract that is used therapeutically in incense and medicinally as a counterirritant.