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definition of the word opopanax

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From Anglo-Norman opopanac, from Latin opopanax, from Hellenistic Greek ὀποπάναξ, from Ancient Greek ὀπός ‘vegetable juice’ + πάναξpanax’.

Singular
opopanax

Plural
uncountable

opopanax (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) A gum resin obtained from the root of Opopanax chironium, formerly used in medicine.
  2. A perfume made from the gum resin of various trees.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 450:
      they were hit by a strong polyaromatic gust [...] which included alcohol fumes, tobacco and hemp-smoke, a spectrum of inexpensive scent in which opopanax and vervain figured prominently
  3. The opopanax tree, Acacia farnesiana, an acacia of America.
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