Definition of liquidambar in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌlikwəˈdambər/


1A deciduous North American and Asian tree with maplelike leaves and bright autumn colors, yielding aromatic resinous balsam.
  • Genus Liquidambar, family Hamamelidaceae: several species, including L. orientalis of Asia, which yields liquid storax, and the sweet gum of North America.
Example sentences
  • Saplings do look small when you buy them from the garden centre, but avenue trees such as liquidambars, Pinus radiata, Magnolia grandiflora and the like develop into enormous specimens with extensive root systems.
  • But the judicious placement of plants - a strawberry tree in the planter and several liquidambars screening a corner - makes the space surprisingly private.
  • In front of a small house in Clyde the leaves on a liquidambar are a bright orange.
1.1Liquid balsam obtained chiefly from the Asian liquidambar tree, used medicinally and in perfume. Also called storax.


Late 16th century: modern Latin, apparently formed irregularly from Latin liquidus 'liquid' + medieval Latin ambar 'amber'.

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Syllabification: liq·uid·am·bar

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