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1. A brownish aromatic resin used in perfume and medicine and obtained from any of several trees of the genus Liquidambar, especially L. orientalis, of Turkey. Also called styrax.
a. See snowbell.
b. An aromatic resin obtained from a Mediterranean species of snowbell. Also called styrax.

[Middle English, from Latin, alteration of styrax, from Greek sturax, perhaps of Semitic origin; see ṣ́rw in Semitic roots.]
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1. (Plants) any of numerous styracaceous trees or shrubs of the genus Styrax, of tropical and subtropical regions, having drooping showy white flowers
2. (Elements & Compounds) a vanilla-scented solid resin obtained from one of these trees, Styrax officinalis of the Mediterranean region and SW Asia, formerly used as incense and in perfumery and medicine
3. (Elements & Compounds) a liquid aromatic balsam obtained from liquidambar trees, esp Liquidambar orientalis of SW Asia, and used in perfumery and medicine
[C14: via Late Latin from Greek, variant of styrax]
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(ˈstɔr æks, ˈstoʊr-)

1. a solid resin with a vanillalike odor, obtained from a small tree, Styrax officinalis: formerly used in medicine and perfumery.
2. a liquid balsam obtained from certain liquidambar trees, used chiefly in medicine and perfumery.
3. any of various shrubs or trees of the genus Styrax, having elongated clusters of showy white flowers.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin, variant of styrax < Greek stýrax]
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Noun1.storax - a vanilla-scented resin from various trees of the genus Styraxstorax - a vanilla-scented resin from various trees of the genus Styrax
natural resin - a plant exudate
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