[ lik-wid-am-ber, lik-wid-am- ]
/ ˈlɪk wɪdˌæm bər, ˌlɪk wɪdˈæm- /


any tree of the genus Liquidambar, including the sweet gum.
the fragrant, yellowish, balsamic liquid exuded by this tree, used in medicine.Compare storax(def 2).

Origin of liquidambar

1590–1600; < New Latin: genus name. See liquid, amber Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for liquidambar

/ (ˌlɪkwɪdˈæmbə) /


any deciduous tree of the hamamelidaceous genus Liquidambar, of Asia and North and Central America, with star-shaped leaves, and exuding a yellow aromatic balsamSee also sweet gum
the balsam of this tree, used in medicineSee also storax (def. 1)

Word Origin for liquidambar

C16: New Latin, from Latin liquidus liquid + Medieval Latin ambar amber
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