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liquidambar

[lik-wid-am-ber, lik-wid-am-] /ˈlɪk wɪdˌæm bər, ˌlɪk wɪdˈæm-/
noun
1.
any tree of the genus Liquidambar, including the sweet gum.
2.
the fragrant, yellowish, balsamic liquid exuded by this tree, used in medicine.
Compare storax (def 2).
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Neo-Latin: genus name. See liquid, amber
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British Dictionary definitions for liquidambar

liquidambar

/ˌlɪkwɪdˈæmbə/
noun
1.
any deciduous tree of the hamamelidaceous genus Liquidambar, of Asia and North and Central America, with star-shaped leaves, and exuding a yellow aromatic balsam See also sweet gum
2.
the balsam of this tree, used in medicine See also storax (sense 1)
Word Origin
C16: New Latin, from Latin liquidus liquid + Medieval Latin ambaramber
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