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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any one of several species of shrubs or small trees belonging to the laurel family, especially Benzoin sericeum, B. umbellatum, B. citriodorum, and Litsea glauca. Several of the species, particularly the first named, yield a grayishwhite, silky, fragrant wood which is used for the manufacture of toothpicks. From the foliage of several species a volatile oil is obtained.


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