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The inspissated juice of an umbelliferous plant (the Opoponax Chironum), brought from turkey and the East Indies in loose granules, or sometimes in larger masses, of a reddish yellow colour, with specks of white. It has a strong smell and acrid taste, and was formerly used in medicine as an emmenagogue and antispasmodic.

Origin: L, fr. Gr.; vegetable juice _, . A kind of plant: cf. F. Opopanax.