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A sweet spice used by the ancient Jews in making incense.

[Middle English stacten, myrrh resin, from Latin stactē, from Greek staktē, from feminine of staktos, oozing, from stazein, stag-, to ooze.]
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(Bible) Old Testament one of several sweet-smelling spices used in incense (Exodus 30:34)
[C14: via Latin from Greek staktē oil of myrrh, from staktos distilling a drop at a time, from stazein to flow, drip]
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(ˈstæk ti)

one of the sweet spices used in the holy incense of the ancient Hebrews. Ex. 30:34.
[1350–1400; < Latin stactē myrrh < Greek staktḗ, feminine of staktós trickling]
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Noun1.stacte - (Old Testament) one of several sweet-smelling spices used in incense
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
incense - a substance that produces a fragrant odor when burned
spice - aromatic substances of vegetable origin used as a preservative
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For instance, the following gives advice on how to make an incense: "and the Lord said unto Moses, take unto thee sweet spices, Stacte (also known as storax) and Onycha (also known as labdanum) and Galbanum, also Frankincense; of each there shall be a like weight, and make an incense blended as by the perfumer."
The incense was made by blending together equal amounts of frankincense, stacte, onycha and galbanum (another resinous shrub), while the oil required 16 pounds of myrrh with the same amount of cassia and half as much each of cinnamon and calamus.
Exodus 30:34--"And the Lord said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum: these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each there shall be a like weight." Galbanum (Eerula gummosa) was esteemed for its medicinal and spiritual properties.