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ladanum Line breaks: lada|num
Pronunciation: /ˈlad(ə)nəm/
(also labdanum)

Definition of ladanum in English:


[mass noun]
A gum resin obtained from the twigs of a southern European rock rose, used in perfumery and for fumigation.
  • The rock rose 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.


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

Words that rhyme with ladanum

molybdenum • laudanum
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