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[gal-buh-nuh m] /ˈgæl bə nəm/
a gum resin with a peculiar, strong odor, obtained from certain Asian plants of the genus Ferula, used in incense and formerly in medicine.
Origin of galbanum
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin; akin to Greek chalbánē, Hebrew chelbenāh Unabridged
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a bitter aromatic gum resin extracted from any of several Asian umbelliferous plants of the genus Ferula, esp F. galbaniflua, and used in incense and medicinally as a counterirritant
Word Origin
C14: from Latin, from Greek khalbanē, from Hebrew helbenāh
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galbanum in Medicine

galbanum gal·ba·num (gāl'bə-nəm, gôl'-)
A bitter, aromatic gum resin extract that is used therapeutically in incense and medicinally as a counterirritant.

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galbanum in the Bible

Heb. helbenah, (Ex. 30:34), one of the ingredients in the holy incense. It is a gum, probably from the Galbanum officinale.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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