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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 As·a·fet·i·da, As·a·fœt·i·da  n.  The fetid gum resin or inspissated juice of a large umbelliferous plant (Ferula asafoetida) of Persia and the East Indies.  It is used in medicine as an antispasmodic. [Written also assafoetida.]