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asafetida

noun asa·fet·i·da \ˌa-sə-ˈfe-tə-də, -ˈfē-; Southern also -ˈfi-tə-dē\

Definition of asafetida

  1. :  the dried fetid gum resin of the root of several west Asian plants (genus Ferula) of the carrot family used as a flavoring especially in Indian cooking and formerly used in medicine especially as an antispasmodic and in folk medicine as a general prophylactic against disease



Variants of asafetida

or

asafoetida

play \ˌa-sə-ˈfe-tə-də, -ˈfē-; Southern also -ˈfi-tə-dē\

Origin and Etymology of asafetida

Middle English asafetida, from Medieval Latin asafoetida, from Persian azā mastic + Latin foetida, feminine of foetidus fetid


First Known Use: 14th century


Medical Dictionary

asafetida

noun asa·fet·i·da

Medical Definition of asafetida

  1. :  the fetid gum resin of the root of an Asian plant (Ferula assa-foetida) of the carrot family (Umbelliferae) that is used as an herbal remedy (as in the treatment of asthma, whooping cough, and flatulence)



Variants of asafetida

or

asafoetida

\ˌas-ə-ˈfit-əd-ē, -ˈfet-əd-ə\play play

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