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(a.) means basically "wood, piece of wood, plank, spar" (pls. aʿwād , ʿīdān ).

I. In daily life

1. ʿŪd as perfume and incense and as a medicament

In the Arabic materia medica it indicates the so-called "aloe wood". This designation, used in trade, is conventional but incorrect because aloe wood is called ṣabr [q.v.]. ʿŪd has to do with certain kinds of resinous, dark-coloured woods with a high specific weight and a strong aromatic scent, which were used in medicine as perfume and incense ( ʿūd al-bak̲h̲ūr ) and were highly coveted becau…

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Dietrich, A., Bosworth C.E., Farmer H.G. and Chabrier J.-Cl., “ʿŪd”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 21 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_1270>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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