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bdellium


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bdellium  \Bdel"lium\,  n.  [L.,  fr  Gr  ?;  cf  Heb.  b'dolakh 
  bdellium  (in  sense  1).] 
  1.  An  unidentified  substance  mentioned  in  the  Bible  (--Gen. 
  ii  12,  and  --Num.  xi  7),  variously  taken  to  be  a  gum,  a 
  precious  stone,  or  pearls,  or  perhaps  a  kind  of  amber 
  found  in  Arabia. 
 
  2.  A  gum  resin  of  reddish  brown  color,  brought  from  India, 
  Persia,  and  Africa. 
 
  Note:  Indian  bdellium  or  false  myrrh  is  an  exudation  from 
  Balsamodendron  Roxb?rghii.  Other  kinds  are  known  as 
  African,  Sicilian,  etc 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bdellium 
  n  :  aromatic  gum  resin;  similar  to  myrrh 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Bdellium 
  occurs  only  in  Gen.  2:12,  where  it  designates  a  product  of  the 
  land  of  Havilah;  and  in  Num.  11:7,  where  the  manna  is  likened  to 
  it  in  colour.  It  was  probably  an  aromatic  gum  like  balsam  which 
  exuded  from  a  particular  tree  (Borassus  flabelliformis)  still 
  found  in  Arabia,  Media,  and  India.  It  bears  a  resemblance  in 
  colour  to  myrrh.  Others  think  the  word  denotes  "pearls,"  or  some 
  precious  stone. 
 




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