labdanum

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

Definition of labdanum

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

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/labdanum. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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