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

  • n. A sweet spice used by the ancient Jews in making incense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of the sweet spices used by the ancient Jews in preparing incense; possibly an oil or other form of myrrh or cinnamon, or a kind of storax.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the sweet spices used by the ancient Jews in the preparation of incense. It was perhaps an oil or other form of myrrh or cinnamon, or a kind of storax.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the sweet spices which composed the holy incense of the ancient Jews.

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

  • n. (Old Testament) one of several sweet-smelling spices used in incense

Etymologies

Middle English stacten, myrrh resin, from Latin stactē, from Greek staktē, from feminine of staktos, oozing, from stazein, stag-, to ooze.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin, from Ancient Greek στακτή (staktē, "oil of myrrh") from στακτός (staktos, "oozing out in drops"). (Wiktionary)

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