liquidambar

liquidambar

[lik-wid-am-ber, lik-wid-am-]
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; < Neo-Latin: genus name. See liquid, amber

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liquidambar (ˌlɪkwɪdˈæmbə)
 
n
1.  See also sweet gum 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
2.  See also storax the balsam of this tree, used in medicine
 
[C16: New Latin, from Latin liquidus liquid + Medieval Latin ambaramber]

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