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[gal-buh-nuh m]
  1. a gum resin with a peculiar, strong odor, obtained from certain Asian plants of the genus Ferula, used in incense and formerly in medicine.
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Origin of galbanum

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin; akin to Greek chalbánē, Hebrew chelbenāh
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Examples from the Web for galbanum

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Richard Mead

  • Gum resins are partly resinous and partly mucilaginous; as lac, assaftida, galbanum.

  • Galbanum killeth serpents only by touching, if oyle and the herbe called Fenell-giant be mixt withall.

British Dictionary definitions for galbanum


  1. 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
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin, from Greek khalbanē, from Hebrew helbenāh
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galbanum in Medicine


(gălbə-nəm, gôl-)
  1. A bitter, aromatic gum resin extract that is used therapeutically in incense and medicinally as a counterirritant.
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