Definition of opopanax in English:

opopanax

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

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(also opoponax)

noun

  • 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
  • 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

Origin

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

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