a solid resin with a vanillalike odor, obtained from a small tree, Styrax officinalis: formerly used in medicine and perfumery.
a liquid balsam (liquid storax ) obtained from species of liquidambar, especially from the wood and inner bark of Liquidambar orientalis(Levant storax ), a tree of Asia Minor: used chiefly in medicine and perfumery.
any shrub or tree of the genus Styrax, of the storax family, having elongated clusters of showy, white flowers.
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How to use storax in a sentence
storax and Tolu are used in perfumery in the same way as benzoin, namely, by solution in spirit as a tincture.The Art of Perfumery | G. W. Septimus Piesse
They wash the body of the deceased to that sad cadence, and perfume it with storax, and other perfumes which are used among them.
storax, a resin resembling benzoin, was in high esteem from the time of Pliny to the eighteenth century.The Master of Game | Second Duke of York, Edward
They perfumed it with storax, or benzoin, and other perfumes, obtained from tree-resins which are found throughout these forests.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55 | Francisco Colin
storax, benzoin, civet and similar things are not as plentiful there as I was led to believe.
British Dictionary definitions for storax
any of numerous styracaceous trees or shrubs of the genus Styrax, of tropical and subtropical regions, having drooping showy white flowers
a vanilla-scented solid resin obtained from one of these trees, Styrax officinalis of the Mediterranean region and SW Asia, formerly used as incense and in perfumery and medicine
a liquid aromatic balsam obtained from liquidambar trees, esp Liquidambar orientalis of SW Asia, and used in perfumery and medicine
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