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as•a•fet•i•da



Pronunciation: (as"u-fet'i-du), [key]
n. Chem.
a soft, brown, lumpy gum resin having a bitter, acrid taste and an obnoxious odor, obtained from the roots of several Near Eastern plants belonging to the genus Ferula, of the parsley family: formerly used in medicine as a carminative and antispasmodic. Also,a"sa•foet'i•da,asfetida.Also called devil's dung, food of the gods.

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