storax

noun
sto·​rax | \ ˈstȯr-ˌaks How to pronounce storax (audio) \

Definition of storax

1a : 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

First Known Use of storax

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for storax

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

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“Storax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/storax. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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storax

noun
sto·​rax | \ ˈstō(ə)r-ˌaks, ˈstȯ(ə)r- How to pronounce storax (audio) \

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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