Definitions for: Storax


[n] a vanilla-scented resin from various trees of the genus Styrax



Webster (1913) Definition: Sto"rax, n. [L. storax, styrax, Gr. ?. Cf. Styrax.]
Any one of a number of similar complex resins obtained from
the bark of several trees and shrubs of the Styrax family.
The most common of these is liquid storax, a brown or gray
semifluid substance of an agreeable aromatic odor and
balsamic taste, sometimes used in perfumery, and in medicine
as an expectorant.

Note: A yellow aromatic honeylike substance, resembling, and
often confounded with, storax, is obtained from the
American sweet gum tree (Liquidambar styraciflua),
and is much used as a chewing gum, called sweet gum,
and liquid storax. Cf. Liquidambar.

See Also: natural resin

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