Bdel"lium (?), n. [L., fr. Gr. ; cf. Heb. b'dolakh bdellium (in sense 1).]
An unidentified substance mentioned in the Bible (Gen. ii. 12, and Num. xi. 7), variously taken to be a gum, a precious stone, or pearls, or perhaps a kind of amber found in Arabia.
A gum resin of reddish brown color, brought from India, Persia, and Africa.
⇒ Indian bdellium or false myrrh is an exudation from Balsamodendron Roxbrghii. Other kinds are known as African, Sicilian, etc.
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