One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fragrant resin produced by a number of trees related to myrrh, used in perfumes.
- ‘Egyptian women carried little pouches filled with pieces of the bdellium for the scent.’
- ‘Manna was said to be the color of bdellium.’
- ‘The gum exudate is collected from incisions or spontaneous cracks in the bark of the bdellium tree.’
- ‘In some way it was like coriander seed and in some other way like bdellium, a fragrant resin.’
- ‘The price of bdellium when quite pure is three denarii per pound.’
Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek bdellion, of Semitic origin.
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