benzoin

noun
ben·​zo·​in | \ ˈben-zə-wən How to pronounce benzoin (audio) , -zō-, -ˌwēn; -ˌzȯin\

Definition of benzoin

1 : a hard fragrant yellowish balsamic resin from trees (genus Styrax) of southeastern Asia used especially as a fixative in perfumes, as incense, and in medicine as an expectorant and skin protectant
2 : a white crystalline hydroxy ketone C14H12O2 made from benzaldehyde

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There's benzoin and rose honey in there, plus incense absolute, ylang ylang, cumin, atlas cedar, and sandalwood. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "I Replaced My $215 Perfume With This $6 Body Wash," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of benzoin

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for benzoin

modification of Middle French benjoin, from Catalan benjuí, from Arabic lubān jāwi, literally, frankincense of Java

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benzoin

noun
ben·​zo·​in | \ ˈben-zə-wən How to pronounce benzoin (audio) , -ˌwēn; -ˌzȯin How to pronounce benzoin (audio) \

Medical Definition of benzoin

1 : a hard fragrant yellowish balsamic resin from trees (genus Styrax of the family Styracaceae) of southeastern Asia used especially as an expectorant and topically to relieve skin irritations
2 : a white crystalline hydroxy ketone C14H12O2 made from benzaldehyde
3 : a tree yielding benzoin

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