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asafetida

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

Definition of ASAFETIDA

:  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

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

Origin of ASAFETIDA

Middle English asafetida, from Medieval Latin asafoetida, from Persian azā mastic + Latin foetida, feminine of foetidus fetid
First Known Use: 14th century

asafetida

noun asa·fet·i·da   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ASAFETIDA

:  the fetid gum resin of the root of several Asian plants of the genus Ferula (especially F. assafoetida, F. foetida, or F. narthex) that was formerly used in medicine especially as an antispasmodic and in folk medicine as a general prophylactic against disease

Variants of ASAFETIDA

asa·fet·i·da or asa·foet·i·da \ˌas-ə-ˈfit-əd-ē, -ˈfet-əd-ə\

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