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2 definitions found
 for Benzoin
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Benzoin \Ben*zoin"\ (b[e^]n*zoin"), n. [Cf. F. benjoin, Sp.
     benjui, Pg. beijoin; all fr. Ar. lub[=a]n-j[=a]w[imac]
     incense form Sumatra (named Java in Arabic), the first
     syllable being lost. Cf. Benjamin.]
  
     Note: [Called also benjamin.]
     1. A resinous substance, dry and brittle, obtained from the
        Styrax benzoin, a tree of Sumatra, Java, etc., having a
        fragrant odor, and slightly aromatic taste. It is used in
        the preparation of benzoic acid, in medicine, and as a
        perfume.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A white crystalline substance, C14H12O2, obtained from
        benzoic aldehyde and some other sources.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. (Bot.) The spicebush ({Lindera benzoin).
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Flowers of benzoin, benzoic acid. See under Benzoic.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  benzoin
      n 1: gum resin used especially in treating skin irritation [syn:
           benzoin, gum benzoin, benjamin, gum benjamin, asa
           dulcis]
      2: used in some classifications for the American spicebush and
         certain other plants often included in the genus Lindera
         [syn: Benzoin, genus Benzoin]

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