a resinous juice that exudes from various rockroses of the genus Cistus: used in perfumery, fumigating substances, etc.
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 of labdanum
You may try a strong ethereal or alcoholic solution of benzoin, tolu, storax, olibanum or labdanum.
Aromaticus, and as much Labdanum; beat the whole into a very fine powder, and sift it through a lawn sieve.
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
a dark resinous juice obtained from various rockroses of the genus Cistus, used in perfumery and in the manufacture of fumigants and medicinal plasters
Word Origin for labdanum
C16: Latin, from Greek ladanon, from lēdon rockrose, from Semitic
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