Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A resin of certain Old World plants of the genus Cistus, yielding a fragrant essential oil used in flavorings and perfumes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sticky brown resin obtained from species of rockrose, used mainly in perfume.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See ladanum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See ladanum.

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

  • n. a soft blackish-brown resinous exudate from various rockroses used in perfumes especially as a fixative
  • n. a dark brown to greenish oleoresin that has a fragrant odor and is used as a fixative in perfumes; obtained as a juice from certain rockroses

Etymologies

Middle English, from Medieval Latin lapdanum, labdanum, alteration of Latin lādanum, from Greek lēdanon, lādanon, from lēdon, *lādon, rockrose, of Semitic origin; akin to Akkadian ladinnu, ladunu, an aromatic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin lādanum, from Ancient Greek λήδανον (lēdanon, "gum"), from λήδον (lēdon, "rockrose"), from a Semitic language; compare Akkadian  (ladinnu). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A woman’s body odour can be best described olfactorily by notes such as labdanum, vanilla, benzoin and honey absolute with labdanum being the closest I suppose.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • The Hell-Gate of Ireland: Smoldering brimstone, bitter labdanum, clove, black musk, and copper-colored feathers.

    Thor's Day

  • A resinoid of storax, fixed with tincture of labdanum (pressed from the fatty arteries of the rockrose), proved a sufficient camouflage for a walk around the block, but it had no more staying power than patchouli.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • This is a truly haunting scent and is both pretty and mysterious, floral and sensual thanks to the labdanum base.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • The oakmoss plays only a background role, where as the labdanum (an ambery, earthy and somewhat leather-like resinoid derived from the Mediterranean Rockrose bushes, which is an important component in most chypre perufmes) is the key to the warmth that Femme radiates throughout its beautiful and long skin-life (Femme lasts for over 12 hours on my skin – and this the Eau de Parfum concentration).

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Created by Sophie Labbé, the fragrance is a blend of ginger, coriander, elemi, vetiver, cedar, labdanum and tonka bean.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • The real surprise of the morning was a sample of Andy Tauer's new Une Rose Chyprée, a perfectly balanced rose/chypre where the rose is lifted by clementine and bay and grounded by labdanum, oakmoss and vanilla.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Supported by soft whispers of clove and sandalwood, and even softer hints of labdanum and vetiver, this works for me for every summertime activity: a sunrise walk on the beach, a hike in the hills, a late-evening dinner party, or a midnight movie.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • Cimbalom is one that I hadn't tried before and would be interested to try the oil of; the solid is peppery ginger and bright orange, which cedes to a lovely patch married with labdanum and jasmine.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • The "perfumey" part is, I suppose, constituted of cedar, vetiver, labdanum and spices...

    Archive 2009-04-01

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.