from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An aromatic gum resin similar to myrrh, produced by certain Asian and African shrubs or trees of the genus Commiphora.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Probably an aromatic gum like balsam that was exuded from a tree, probably one of several species in the genus Commiphora.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An unidentified substance mentioned in the Bible (Gen. ii. 12, and Num. xi. 7), variously taken to be a gum, a precious stone, or pearls, or perhaps a kind of amber found in Arabia.
- n. A gum resin of reddish brown color, brought from India, Persia, and Africa.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given to two aromatic gum-resins, similar to myrrh, but weaker.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. aromatic gum resin; similar to myrrh
Middle English, from Latin, from Greek bdellion, variant of bdolkhon, of Semitic origin; akin to Akkadian budulḫu.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin bdellium, from Ancient Greek βδέλλιον (bdellion), itself perhaps from Hebrew בְּדֹלַח (bdólakh). (Wiktionary)