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 (lăb′də-nəm) also lad·a·num (lăd′n-əm)
A resin of certain Mediterranean rockroses of the genus Cistus, yielding a fragrant essential oil used in flavorings and perfumes.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin lapdanum, labdanum, alteration of Latin lādanum, from Greek lēdanon, lādanon,, from lēdon, *lādon, rockrose, of Semitic origin; akin to Old South Arabian ldn, probably a kind of rockrose, and Akkadian ladinnu, ladunu, labdanum; see ldn in Semitic roots.]
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(ˈlæbdənəm) or


(Elements & Compounds) a dark resinous juice obtained from various rockroses of the genus Cistus, used in perfumery and in the manufacture of fumigants and medicinal plasters
[C16: Latin, from Greek ladanon, from lēdon rockrose, from Semitic]
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(ˈlæb də nəm)

also ladanum

a resinous juice that exudes from various rockroses of the genus Cistus and is used in perfumery and fumigation products.
[1350–1400; Middle English labdanum, lapdanum < Medieval Latin, for Latin lādanum < Greek ladanon < Semitic]
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Noun1.labdanum - a dark brown to greenish oleoresin that has a fragrant odor and is used as a fixative in perfumes; obtained as a juice from certain rockroses
oleoresin - a naturally occurring mixture of a resin and an essential oil; obtained from certain plants
2.labdanum - a soft blackish-brown resinous exudate from various rockroses used in perfumes especially as a fixative
Cistus ladanifer, Cistus ladanum, common gum cistus - shrub having white flowers and viscid stems and leaves yielding a fragrant oleoresin used in perfumes especially as a fixative
oleoresin - a naturally occurring mixture of a resin and an essential oil; obtained from certain plants
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Summary: The labdanum is also used as a medicinal herb and is used to cure a wide range of diseases such as bronchitis, diarrhea, and others.
Base notes: Vetiver Bourbon, Orcanoxao, Labdanum Resinoid, Musk, Patchouli
There's still a lot of complexity in that bottle, though: rose, labdanum, musk, patchouli and jasmine petals plucked at sunset.
It was blended with vanilla, amber, guaiac wood and labdanum for a warm, distinctly oriental, sensual scent.
Capturing a mystical aura, Figment for Man intoxicates with a base of labdanum, guaiac wood and earthy accord for woody and balsamic tones laced with notes of musk to complete the continuum of wonder.
The potency of patchouli and labdanum give a long-lasting finish.
For the experts, the perfume's top notes are bergamot and artemisia; its heart notes are jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, rose taif, blackcurrant bud, clove buds, and geranium; while its base notes are pink pepper, guaiacwood, cypriol, aoud, patchouli, oakmoss, cumin, cistus, benzoin, incense, labdanum, musk, and civet.
Unlike other oud perfumes, the labdanum absolute in this blend gives a smoky, leathery effect without leaving an overpowering note from the strength of oud.
It contrasts sophisticated florals like jasmine sambac, tuberose fir abs and stargazer lilies with accords of cashmere woods, labdanum and patchouli blend.
The dry notes include dark vanilla bean, labdanum, vetiver, sensual balsam and musks.The signature smell is also available in a cleansing shower gel, a moisturising lotion and a fragrance mist for sweet-scents on-the-go.The Eau de Parfum is priced at BD23 while the shower gel and body lotion is priced at BD6.