from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A resinous juice that exudes from the Cistus ladaniferus, a shrub which grows in Spain and Portugal, and from C. Creticus and C. salvifolius, which grow in Crete, Syria, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A gum resin gathered from certain Oriental species of Cistus. It has a pungent odor and is chiefly used in making plasters, and for fumigation.

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

  • noun a soft blackish-brown resinous exudate from various rockroses used in perfumes especially as a fixative


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  • It is probably correctly rendered by the Latin word ladanum, the

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Heb. libneh, is the equivalent of Greek stachté, used by Septuagint in the above passages of Gen.; whether ladanum was meant is not clear, as it is frequently the Greek rendering of Heb. nataf.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Ishmaelites coming from Gilead; and their camels were loaded with spices, gum, and ladanum on their way to carry it down to Egypt.

    The Children's Bible

  • Through rare elements like black hemlock extract and the smell of raw opium, with tuberose absolute, tonka bean, treemoss and animalistic notes like synthetic castoreum and cistus ladanum you get the lingering impression of warm and radiant flesh.

    Diane, A Shaded View on Fashion

  • _sandal_ tree is also fragrant; _labdanum_ or _ladanum_, is a resinous gum of dark color and pungent odor, exuding from various species of the cistus, a plant found around the Mediterranean; _aloe-balls_ are made from a bitter resinous juice extracted from the leaves of aloe-plants;

    Selections from the Poems and Plays of Robert Browning

  • a little balsam and a little honey, tragacanth and ladanum, pistacia-nuts and almonds.

    The Holy Bible: Darby Translation

  • So their father said to them, "If it must be so, then do this: take some of the fruits of the land in your jars and carry a present to the man, a little balsam, a little syrup, spices, ladanum, pistachio nuts, and almonds.

    The Children's Bible

  • Arabia provides her spices, cassia, and calamus (or aromatic reed), and, beyond all doubt, frankincense, [933] and perhaps cinnamon and ladanum. [

    History of Phoenicia

  • Arabia is _par excellence_ the land of spices, and was the main source from which the ancient world in general, and Phoenicia in particular, obtained frankincense, cinnamon, cassia, myrrh, calamus or sweet-cane, and ladanum. [

    History of Phoenicia

  • "Here is balsam of Genesareth, incense from Cape Gardefan, ladanum, cinnamon and silphium, a good thing to put into sauces.

    Tentation de saint Antoine. English


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