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Labdanum

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Lábdanum. n.s. A resin of the softer kind, of a strong and not unpleasant smell, and an aromatick, but not agreeable taste. This juice exsudates from a low spreading shrub, of the cistus kind, in Crete, and the neighbouring islands; and the Grecian women make balls of it with a small admixture of ambergrease, by way of a perfume. It was formerly used externally in medicine, but is now neglected. Hill.

Sources: Hill, John (29)

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