Definition of

Benzoin

  1. (noun, substance) gum resin used especially in treating skin irritation
  2. (noun, plant) used in some classifications for the American spicebush and certain other plants often included in the genus Lindera

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Alternate forms of Benzoin

Hypernyms: gum resin, magnoliid dicot genus

Origin of the word Benzoin

  1. "a balsamic resin," 1550s, from M.Fr. benjoin (16c.), which comes via Sp., Port, or It., from Arabic luban jawi "incense of Java" (actually Sumatra), with lu probably mistaken in Romance languages for a definite article. The English form with -z- is perhaps from influence of Italian benzoi (Venetian, 1461). more

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