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asafetida

Pronunciation: as′ă-fet′ĭ-dă

Definition: A gum resin, the inspissated exudate from the root of Ferula foetida (family Umbelliferae); malodorous material used as a repellent against dogs, cats, and rabbits, and formerly used as an antispasmodic; in Asia, used as a condiment and flavoring agent.

[Pers. aza, mastic, + L. fetidus, fetid]

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