from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A brownish, bitter, foul-smelling resinous material obtained from the roots of several plants of the genus Ferula in the parsley family and formerly used in medicine.
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- n. Alternative spelling of asafoetida.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The fetid gum resin or inspissated juice of a large umbelliferous plant (Ferula asafœtida) of Persia and the East Indies. It is used in medicine as an antispasmodic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fetid inspissated sap from Persia and Afghanistan, the concrete juice from the roots of several large umbelliferous plants of the genus Ferula, especially F. Narthex (Narthex Asafœtida) and F. Scorodosma (Scorodosma fœtida).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the brownish gum resin of various plants; has strong taste and odor; formerly used as an antispasmodic
Middle English, from Medieval Latin : asa, gum (from Persian azā, mastic) + Latin fetida, feminine of fetidus, stinking; see fetid.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)