lab·​da·​num ˈlab-də-nəm How to pronounce labdanum (audio)
variants or less commonly ladanum
ˈla-də-nəm How to pronounce labdanum (audio)
: 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 For White Linen, a classic floral bouquet of rose and jasmine, Malle used pure labdanum, an ambery resin from the rockrose plant, which wasn’t available when the scent debuted in 1978. Caitie Kelly Kin Woo Kate Guadagnino Nicole Demarco Megan O’Sullivan, New York Times, 25 Jan. 2024 This top pick features notes of bergamot, neroli, pink pepper, rose, jasmine, honeysuckle, marshmallow, orange blossom, white musk, vanilla, civet, and labdanum for a bold and feminine aroma. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 14 Dec. 2023 Key Notes: Vanilla, Tonka, Musk, Amber, Patchouli 7 Long-lasting Vanilla Byredo Vanille Antique $350 at Nordstrom Another bullseye for those who love a heady vanilla, Byredo's intense amber draws you in with plum and musk top notes before hitting you with smoky labdanum and white woods. April Long, Town & Country, 26 July 2023 Its base notes are classically masculine: musk, vetiver, cedar, sandalwood, patchouli, and labdanum. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Dec. 2022 Then saffron, vanilla, labdanum, leather, tonka bean, sandalwood and patchouli linger as the base for up to 10 hours of wear. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 The base features ambroxan, cedar and sweet-woody labdanum. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 The grand finale is incense, vetiver, cedarwood, labdanum and New Caledonian sandalwood, which leaves behind the perfect woody trail that is strong but not overpowering. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 Perfect for those who get a kick out of warm, woody fragrances, this Palo Santo candle is packed with notes like cedarwood, labdanum, incense, and patchouli. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 20 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


Medieval Latin lapdanum

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Labdanum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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