Definitions for asafoetida

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. asafetida, asafoetida(noun)

    the brownish gum resin of various plants; has strong taste and odor; formerly used as an antispasmodic

Webster Dictionary

  1. Asafoetida(noun)

    the fetid gum resin or inspissated juice of a large umbelliferous plant (Ferula asafoetida) of Persia and the East Indies. It is used in medicine as an antispasmodic

  2. Origin: [Asa + L. foetidus fetid.]


  1. Asafoetida

    Asafoetida, or asafetida, is the dried latex exuded from the living underground rhizome or tap root of several species of Ferula, which is a perennial herb. The species is native to the mountains of Afghanistan, and is mainly cultivated in nearby India. Asafoetida has a pungent, strong smell when raw, but in cooked dishes, it delivers a smooth flavor, reminiscent of leeks. It is also known as asant, food of the gods, giant fennel, jowani badian, stinking gum, Devil's dung, hing and ting.


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