Definition of benzoin
- 1 (also gum benzoin) a fragrant gum resin obtained from a tropical tree of eastern Asia, used in medicines, perfumes, and incense. Also called gum benjamin.
- This is obtained from several species of the genus Styrax, family Styracaceae, in particular S. benzoin
mid 16th century: from French benjoin, based on Arabic lubānjāwī 'incense of Java'