Definition of opopanax in English:


(also opoponax)


  • 1An acacia tree with violet-scented flowers that yield an essential oil used in perfumery, native to warm regions of America and cultivated elsewhere.

    Acacia farnesiana, family Leguminosae

    • ‘When dawn comes tomorrow morning you will be able to see the opoponax sitting on the window sill.’
  • 2A yellow-flowered Mediterranean plant of the parsley family.

    Opopanax chironium, family Umbelliferae

    1. 2.1mass noun A fetid gum resin obtained from the roots of the Mediterranean opopanax, used in perfumery.
  • 3mass noun A fragrant gum resin which is used in perfumery.

    This resin is obtained from the tree Commiphora kataf, family Burseraceae

    • ‘The sophisticated men's fragrance contains a rich blend of oriental scents including opoponax, patchouli, amber and musk.’
    • ‘The ingredients asafoetida, galbanum and opoponax are all strong-smelling resins derived from plants.’


Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek, from opos ‘juice’ + panax ‘all-healing’; compare with panacea.