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 Return scent—ambergris, oakmoss, powdered tobacco, labdanum resin, muguet, and honeybrush—was inspired by a Voltaire quote. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The 21 Best Scented Candles to Light Up at Home—And How to Make Them Last," 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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“Labdanum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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