opopanax

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An opopanax tree, Acacia farnesciana

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin opopanax, from Hellenistic Greek ὀποπάναξ (opopánax), from Ancient Greek ὀπός (opós, vegetable juice) + πάναξ (pánax, any of several plants believed to have medicinal benefits).

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opopanax (countable and uncountable, plural opopanaxes)

  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 popinac or opopanax tree (Acacia farnesiana, syn. Vachellia farnesiana), an acacia of America.

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin opopanax, from Hellenistic Greek ὀποπάναξ (opopánax), from Ancient Greek ὀπός (opós, vegetable juice) + πάναξ (pánax).

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opopanax m (plural opopanax)

  1. opopanax (all meanings)

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