lab·​da·​num | \ ˈlab-də-nəm How to pronounce labdanum (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈla-​də-​nəm How to pronounce labdanum (audio) , ˈlad-​nəm \

Definition of labdanum

: a soft dark fragrant bitter oleoresin derived from various rockroses (genus Cistus) and used in making perfumes

Examples of labdanum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Deep spicy accords of chestnut, Madagascan vanilla, and labdanum add body and longevity. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 Miraceti - with amber, labdanum and resiny styrax is the one that really gets me away from lockdowns and into coastal hikes while Karst is both earthy and ethereal with juniper, cumin and sandalwood. Sarah Turner, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Return scent—ambergris, oakmoss, powdered tobacco, labdanum resin, muguet, and honeybrush—was inspired by a Voltaire quote. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of labdanum

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for labdanum

Medieval Latin lapdanum

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The first known use of labdanum was in the 14th century

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13 Apr 2022

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“Labdanum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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