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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Asafetida  \As`a*fet"i*da\,  Asafoetida  \As`a*f[oe]t"i*da\,  n. 
  [Asa  +  L.  foetidus  fetid.] 
  The  fetid  gum  resin  or  inspissated  juice  of  a  large 
  umbelliferous  plant  ({Ferula  asaf[oe]tida})  of  Persia  and  the 
  East  Indies.  It  is  used  in  medicine  as  an  antispasmodic. 
  [Written  also  {assaf[oe]tida}.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  asafetida 
  n  :  the  gum  resin  of  various  plants;  has  strong  taste  and  odor; 
  formerly  used  as  an  antispasmodic 




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