Webster 1913 Edition
styrax, Gr. [GREEK]. Cf.
Any one of a number of similar complex resins obtained from the bark of several trees and shrubs of the Styrax family. The most common of these is
liquid storax, a brown or gray semifluid substance of an agreeable aromatic odor and balsamic taste, sometimes used in perfumery, and in medicine as an expectorant.
☞ A yellow aromatic honeylike substance, resembling, and often confounded with, storax, is obtained from the American sweet gum tree (
Liquidambar styraciflua), and is much used as a chewing gum, called sweet gum, and liquid storax. Cf.
Webster 1828 Edition
Storax is a solid balsam, either in red tears, or in large cakes, brittle, but soft to the touch, and of a reddish brown color. It is obtained from the Styrax officinalis, a tree which grows in the Levant. Liquid storax, or styrax, is a liquid or semifluid balsam, said to be obtained from the Liquidamber styraciflua, a tree which grows in Virginia. It is greenish, of an aromatic taste, and agreeable smell.