from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The inspissated juice of an umbelliferous plant (the Opoponax Chironum), brought from Turkey and the East Indies in loose granules, or sometimes in larger masses, of a reddish yellow color, with specks of white. It has a strong smell and acrid taste, and was formerly used in medicine as an emmenagogue and antispasmodic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A gum-resin consisting of a concreted juice obtained from the roots of a plant of the genus Opopanax (see def. 2).
  • n. [capitalized] [NL. (Koch, 1825).] A genus of umbelliferous plants of the tribe Peucedaneæ, characterized by fruit with many oil-tubes and thickened margins, and by the absence of calyxteeth.
  • n. In the southern United States, the huisache, Acacia Farnesiana. In this sense sometimes with the French spelling opoponax. See huisache.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an odorous gum resin formerly used in medicines


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