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bdellĭum , ii, n. (bĕdella , ae, f., Marc. Emp. 19; cf. the letter B), = βδέλλιον, Asiatic plant, distinguished for its fragrant gum, the vine-palm: Borassus flabelliformis, Linn.; Plin. 12, 9, 19, § 35; Isid. Orig. 17, 8, 6.—
II. Meton., the costly gum exuding from it: “Arabicum,Veg. 6, 14, 1 and 5: “color bdellii,Vulg. Num. 11, 7.—Hence, as a term of endearment: “tu crocinum et casia es, tu bdellium,Plaut. Curc. 1, 2, 7.
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