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balm-of-Gilead

[bahm-uh v-gil-ee-uh d] /ˈbɑm əvˈgɪl i əd/
noun
1.
any of several plants of the genus Commiphora, especially C. opobalsamum and C. meccanensis, which yield a fragrant oleoresin.
2.
Also called Mecca balsam. the resin itself, a turbid yellow, green, or brownish-red water-insoluble gluey liquid, used chiefly in perfumery.
3.
a hybrid North American poplar, Populus gileadensis, cultivated as a shade tree.
Origin of balm-of-Gilead
1695-1705
First recorded in 1695-1705
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British Dictionary definitions for balm of gilead

balm of Gilead

noun
1.
any of several trees of the burseraceous genus Commiphora, esp C. opobalsamum of Africa and W Asia, that yield a fragrant oily resin Compare balm (sense 1), myrrh (sense 1)
2.
the resin exuded by these trees
3.
a North American hybrid female poplar tree, Populus gileadensis (or P. candicans), with broad heart-shaped leaves
4.
a fragrant resin obtained from the balsam fir See also Canada balsam
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