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[lab-duh-nuh m]
  1. a resinous juice that exudes from various rockroses of the genus Cistus: used in perfumery, fumigating substances, etc.
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Also ladanum.

Origin of labdanum

1350–1400; Middle English labdanum, lapdanum < Medieval Latin, for Latin lādanum < Greek lā́danon, akin to lêdon rockrose < Semitic
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Examples from the Web for labdanum

Historical Examples

  • You may try a strong ethereal or alcoholic solution of benzoin, tolu, storax, olibanum or labdanum.

    Scientific American, Vol. XXXIX.--No. 24. [New Series.], December 14, 1878


  • Aromaticus, and as much Labdanum; beat the whole into a very fine powder, and sift it through a lawn sieve.

    The Toilet of Flora

    Pierre-Joseph Buc'hoz

  • Mrs. Burton followed in December, with her entire fortune—a modest 300 in gold, and life promised to be all labdanum.

  • “Stripes of labdanum” or ladanum: a fragrant, resinous exudation from the plants Cystus creticus and Cystus ladaniferus.

British Dictionary definitions for labdanum



  1. a dark resinous juice obtained from various rockroses of the genus Cistus, used in perfumery and in the manufacture of fumigants and medicinal plasters
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Word Origin

C16: Latin, from Greek ladanon, from lēdon rockrose, from Semitic
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