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  • noun A perennial tropical herbaceous plant of the genus Costus (family Costaceae).
  • noun The root of Aplotaxis lappa, a composite growing on the Himalayas in the vicinity of Kashmir.

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  • "Costus is the aromatic root of Sassurea lappa, indigenous to Kashmir from which is extracted a powerful oil widely used in ancient perfumes and unguents."
    --Jack Turner, _Spice: The History of a Temptation_ (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), 61n.

    Another usage note in comment on malabathron and cursus publicus.

    November 30, 2016