Definition of labdanum in English:

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labdanum

Pronunciation: /ˈlabdənəm/
(also ladanum /ˈlädn-əm/ /ˈladnəm/)

noun

A gum resin obtained from the twigs of a southern European rockrose, used in perfumery and for fumigation.
  • The rockrose is usually Cistus ladanifer, family Cistaceae.
Example sentences
  • It's a full-bodied, grown-up, proper ladies' fragrance that's a quiet storm of spices and resins, with notes of amber, patchouli, sandalwood, labdanum and benzoin.
  • The base is: green, tea, mate, galbanum, labdanum, tree-moss, patchouli, vetiver, aromatic woods, and hints of powder and gentle spices.
  • The woody hay backnotes were provided by burning a blend I had made that included synthetic deertongue oil, cedarwood and assorted warm notes like cistus labdanum and helichrysium.

Origin

Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek ladanon, lēdanon, from lēdon 'mastic'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: lab·da·num

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