galbanum

noun
gal·​ba·​num | \ˈgal-bə-nəm, ˈgȯl- \

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

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With the exception of its first scent, Vent Fou— a green blend of galbanum, jasmine and rose that launched in 1964—Céline has largely avoided the fragrance space. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, "Will Hedi Slimane Make a Céline Perfume? Here’s Why All Signs Point to Yes," 21 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of galbanum

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for galbanum

Middle English, borrowed from Latin, borrowed from Greek chalbánē, borrowed from a Northwest Semitic source; akin to Hebrew ḥelbĕnāh "galbanum"

Note: Perhaps a derivative from Semitic *ḥlab "milk," though sense connection is not clear.

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galbanum

noun
gal·​ba·​num | \ˈgal-bə-nəm, ˈgȯl- \

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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