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Question 1: Gives the title of John Brosnan's 1993 SF novel 'The Opopanax Invasion', where an alien ________ is contained in a resin said to be similar to the opopanax.

Question 2: The ________ gives 'opopanax' as the principal spelling, but lists 'opoponax' as a variant spelling recorded from the 19th century.
James Murray (lexicographer)DictionaryUnited KingdomOxford English Dictionary

Question 3: Though people often find the taste acrid and bitter, the highly flammable resin can be burned as ________ to produce a scent somewhat like balsam or lavender.
JapanIncenseCannabisEssential oil

Question 4: The resin has been used in the treatment of spasms, and, before that, as an emmenagogue, in the treatment of ________, chronic visceral infections, hysteria and hypochondria.
AsthmaHypersensitivity pneumonitisAllergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosisFarmer's lung

Question 5: In the novel Black House by Stephen King and ________, the word opopanax is used repeatedly and constantly in a nonsensical fashion, as both a verb and an adjective (e.g.
Cemetery Dance PublicationsPeter StraubH. P. LovecraftS. T. Joshi

Question 6: The plant thrives in warm climates like Iran, Italy, ________, Turkey and Somalia, but also grows in cooler climates.

Question 7: Opopanax chironium, also known as sweet myrrh or bisabol myrrh, is a herb that grows one to three feet high and produces a large, yellow ________.
Flowering plantFlowerSeedFruit

Question 8: A consumable ________ can be extracted from opopanax by cutting the plant at the base of a stem and sun-drying the juice that flows out.

Question 9: Opopanax is also used in the production of certain ________.
Fragrance extractionEssential oilIncensePerfume

Question 10: ________ allegedly regarded the opoponax as the noblest of incense gums.


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