[as-uh-fet-i-duh] /ˌæs əˈfɛt ɪ də/
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.
late 14c., from Medieval Latin asa (Latinized from Persian aza “mastic”) + foetida, fem. of foetidus “stinking” (see fetid).
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- Food pollen
noun 1. infertile pollen produced by some plants that attracts insects and thus aids pollination
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