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asarum

[as-er-uh m] /ˈæs ər əm/
noun, Chemistry
1.
the dried rhizome and roots of wild ginger that yield an acrid resin and a volatile, aromatic oil, used chiefly as a flavoring.
Origin
< Latin < Greek ásaron hazelwort, wild spikenard
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asarum

/ˈæsərəm/
noun
1.
the dried strong-scented root of the wild ginger plant: a flavouring agent and source of an aromatic oil used in perfumery, formerly used in medicine
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Latin: hazelwort, from Greek asaron
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