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An aromatic gum resin similar to myrrh, produced by certain Asian and African shrubs or trees of the genus Commiphora.
[Middle English, from Latin, from Greek bdellion, variant of bdolkhon, of Semitic origin; akin to Akkadian budulḫu.]
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1. (Plants) any of several African or W Asian trees of the burseraceous genus Commiphora that yield a gum resin
2. (Plants) the aromatic gum resin, similar to myrrh, produced by any of these trees
[C16: from Latin, from Greek bdellion, perhaps from Hebrew bědhōlah]
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bdel•li•um(ˈdɛl i əm, -yəm)
1. a fragrant gum resin obtained from plants of the bursera family, as of the genus Commiphora.
2. a plant yielding this resin.
[< Latin < Greek bdéllion, probably < Semitic]
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