storax

noun sto·rax \ ˈstȯr-ˌaks \

Definition of storax

1 a : a fragrant balsam obtained from the bark of an Asian tree (Liquidambar orientalis) of the witch-hazel family that is used as an expectorant and sometimes in perfumery called also Levant storax
b : a balsam from the sweet gum that is similar to storax
2 : any of a genus (Styrax of the family Styracaceae, the storax family) of trees or shrubs with usually hairy leaves and white flowers in drooping racemes — compare benzoin

Origin and Etymology of storax

Middle English, from Late Latin, alteration of Latin styrax, from Greek


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storax

noun sto·rax \ ˈstō(ə)r-ˌaks, ˈstȯ(ə)r- \

medical Definition of storax

1 : a fragrant balsam obtained from the bark of an Asian tree of the genus Liquidambar (L. orientalis) that is used as an expectorant and sometimes in perfumery called also Levant storax, liquid storax
2 : a balsam from the sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua) that is similar to storax called also American storax, liquidambar

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