from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See snowbell.
- n. An aromatic resin obtained from the snowbell. Also called styrax.
- n. 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any member of the genus Styrax of trees and shrubs.
- n. The resin of the oriental sweetgum tree (Liquidambar orientalis).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of a number of similar complex resins obtained from the bark of several trees and shrubs of the Styrax family. The most common of these is liquid storax, a brown or gray semifluid substance of an agreeable aromatic odor and balsamic taste, sometimes used in perfumery, and in medicine as an expectorant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A solid resin resembling benzoin, with the fragrance of vanilla, formerly obtained from a small tree, Styrax officinalis, of Asia Minor and Syria.
- n. The tree yielding storax, or some other tree or shrub of the same genus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a vanilla-scented resin from various trees of the genus Styrax
Middle English, from Latin, alteration of styrax, from Greek sturax, perhaps of Semitic origin; see Ṣ́rw in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)