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Levant storax

noun
1.
See under storax (def 2).
Origin of Levant storax
1935-1940
1935-40

storax

[stawr-aks, stohr-] /ˈstɔr æks, ˈstoʊr-/
noun
1.
a solid resin with a vanillalike odor, obtained from a small tree, Styrax officinalis: formerly used in medicine and perfumery.
2.
a liquid balsam (liquid storax) obtained from species of liquidambar, especially from the wood and inner bark of Liquidambar orientalis (Levant storax) a tree of Asia Minor: used chiefly in medicine and perfumery.
3.
any shrub or tree of the genus Styrax, of the storax family, having elongated clusters of showy, white flowers.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin, variant of styrax < Greek stýrax
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British Dictionary definitions for Levant storax

storax

/ˈstɔːræks/
noun
1.
any of numerous styracaceous trees or shrubs of the genus Styrax, of tropical and subtropical regions, having drooping showy white flowers
2.
a vanilla-scented solid resin obtained from one of these trees, Styrax officinalis of the Mediterranean region and SW Asia, formerly used as incense and in perfumery and medicine
3.
a liquid aromatic balsam obtained from liquidambar trees, esp Liquidambar orientalis of SW Asia, and used in perfumery and medicine
Word Origin
C14: via Late Latin from Greek, variant of styrax
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