Definition of bdellium in English:



  • [mass noun] A fragrant resin produced by a number of trees related to myrrh, used in perfumes.

    • ‘The gum exudate is collected from incisions or spontaneous cracks in the bark of the bdellium tree.’
    • ‘The price of bdellium when quite pure is three denarii per pound.’
    • ‘Manna was said to be the color of bdellium.’
    • ‘In some way it was like coriander seed and in some other way like bdellium, a fragrant resin.’
    • ‘Egyptian women carried little pouches filled with pieces of the bdellium for the scent.’


Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek bdellion, of Semitic origin.