Definition of galbanum
: a yellowish to green or brown aromatic bitter gum resin derived from any of several Asian plants (such as Ferula galbaniflua) and used in incense
Origin and Etymology of galbanum
Middle English, borrowed from Latin, borrowed from Greek chalbánē, borrowed from a Northwest Semitic source; akin to Hebrew ḥelbĕnāh “galbanum” ◆Perhaps a derivative from Semitic *ḥlab “milk,” though sense connection is not clear.
First Known Use: 14th century
Medical Definition of galbanum
: a yellowish to green or brown aromatic bitter gum resin derived from several Asian plants (genus Ferula and especially F. galbaniflua) of the family Umbelliferae and that resembles asafetida and has been used for similar medicinal purposes
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