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  1. one of the sweet spices used in the holy incense of the ancient Hebrews. Ex. 30:34.
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Origin of stacte

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin stactē myrrh < Greek staktḗ, feminine of staktós trickling (verbid of stázein to fall in drops)
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Historical Examples of stacte

  • To-day, during the banquet, I wore a sweet-smelling cluster of stacte upon my breast.

    Sulamith: A Romance of Antiquity

    Alexandre Kuprin

  • Dan, and Greece, and Mosel have set forth in thy marts wrought iron: stacte, and calamus were in thy market.

British Dictionary definitions for stacte


  1. Old Testament one of several sweet-smelling spices used in incense (Exodus 30:34)
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Word Origin for stacte

C14: via Latin from Greek staktē oil of myrrh, from staktos distilling a drop at a time, from stazein to flow, drip
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