\stˈa͡ɪɹaks], \stˈaɪɹaks], \s_t_ˈaɪ_ɹ_a_k_s]\
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A genus of shrubs and trees, mostly American or Asiatic, abounding in resinous and aromatic substances. Styrax officinalis yields storax, and S. Benzoin yields benzoin.
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By Nuttall, P.Austin.
A resin obtained from Styrax officinalis and S. calamita. It is the solid storax ;-officinal storax. There are two kinds of storax met with: 1. Red Storax, Gum Storax, Thus Judoeorum, Styrax rubra, Styracis balsamum, Balsamum styracis officinalis, which is obtained by incision from the Styrax officinalis, and perhaps from the Liquidambar Orientalis. The purest is in tears; but it has lost some of its smell in drying. 2. Common Storax, Styrax calamita. That which has been received in reeds or vessels, and has had saw-dust added immediately to thicken it. The odour of storax is fragrant; the taste aromatic. It is considered, like the other balsams, to be stimulant and expectorant, but is rarely used long.
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