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


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