Definition of asafetida in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌasəˈfedidə/
(British asafoetida)


1A fetid resinous gum obtained from the roots of a herbaceous plant, used in herbal medicine and Indian cooking.
Example sentences
  • A variety of flavoured saunf (fennel seeds), fruity breath-fresheners and indigenous Indian spices like asafoetida and amchur come at Rs.40 for a 100 gm packet.
  • Apparently, he doesn't like using garlic in his food… so he uses this spice called asafetida, which is really stinky and looked like Chinese medicine powder to me.
  • No plant now known from Libya or N. Africa produces a resin that resembles asafoetida.
2A Eurasian plant of the parsley family, from which this gum is obtained.
  • Ferula, family Apiaceae.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin asafoetida, from asa (from Persian azā 'mastic') + foetida (see fetid).

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Syllabification: a·sa·fet·i·da

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