(), n. [L., fr. Gr. bde`llion; cf. Heb. b'dolakh bdellium (in sense 1).] 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.
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2. A gum resin of reddish brown color, brought from India, Persia, and Africa.
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Indian bdellium or false myrrh is an exudation from Balsamodendron Roxburghii. Other kinds are known as African bdellium, Sicilian bdellium, etc.
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(), n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. bde`lla leech + -oid.] (Zol.) The order of Annulata which includes the leeches. See Hirudinea.
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