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opopanax Line breaks: opop|anax
Pronunciation: /ə(ʊ)ˈpɒpənaks/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(also opoponax)

Definition of opopanax in English:


1An acacia tree with violet-scented flowers that yield an essential oil used in perfumery, native to warm regions of America and cultivated elsewhere.
  • Acacia farnesiana, family Leguminosae
Example sentences
  • When dawn comes tomorrow morning you will be able to see the opoponax sitting on the window sill.
2A yellow-flowered Mediterranean plant of the parsley family.
  • Opopanax chironium, family Umbelliferae
2.1 (also gum opopanax) [mass noun] A fetid gum resin obtained from the roots of the Mediterranean opopanax, used in perfumery.
3 [mass noun] A fragrant gum resin which is used in perfumery.
  • This resin is obtained from the tree Commiphora kataf, family Burseraceae
Example sentences
  • The ingredients asafoetida, galbanum and opoponax are all strong-smelling resins derived from plants.
  • The sophisticated men's fragrance contains a rich blend of oriental scents including opoponax, patchouli, amber and musk.


Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek, from opos 'juice' + panax 'all-healing'; compare with panacea.

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