From Latin lādanum, from Ancient Greek λήδανον (lḗdanon, “gum”), from λήδον (lḗdon, “rockrose”), from a Semitic language; compare Akkadian [script needed] (ladinnu).
labdanum (usually uncountable, plural labdanums)
- A sticky brown resin obtained from species of rockrose, used mainly in perfume.
2007 August 26, Chandler Burr, “Back in Print”, in New York Times:
- (A chypre perfume is usually built with oak moss, patchouli and labdanum, an absolute of a dark, thick-smelling Mediterranean bush.)