asafetida definition

  • noun:
    • A brownish, sour, foul-smelling resinous product gotten through the roots of several plants of genus Ferula in the parsley family and previously found in medicine.
    • Alternative spelling of asafoetida.
    • The fetid gum resin or inspissated juice of a big umbelliferous plant (Ferula asafœtida) of Persia and East Indies. It is used in medication as an antispasmodic.
    • A fetid inspissated sap from Persia and Afghanistan, the concrete juice from the origins of several huge umbelliferous flowers for the genus Ferula, particularly F. Narthex (Narthex Asafœtida) and F. Scorodosma (Scorodosma fœtida).
    • the brownish gum resin of various flowers; features strong taste and smell; previously used as an antispasmodic

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