Bdellium: Occurs only in
(Genesis 2:12) where it designates a product of the land of
Havilah; and in
(Numbers 11:7) where the manna is likened to it in colour.
It was probably an aromatic gum like balsam which exuded from a
particular tree (Borassus flabelliformis) still found in Arabia,
Media, and India. It bears a resemblance in colour to myrrh. Others
think the word denotes "pearls," or some precious stone.