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[bahm-uh v-gil-ee-uh d] /ˈbɑm əvˈgɪl i əd/
any of several plants of the genus Commiphora, especially C. opobalsamum and C. meccanensis, which yield a fragrant oleoresin.
Also called Mecca balsam. the resin itself, a turbid yellow, green, or brownish-red water-insoluble gluey liquid, used chiefly in perfumery.
a hybrid North American poplar, Populus gileadensis, cultivated as a shade tree.
Origin of balm-of-Gilead
First recorded in 1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He said the balm-of-Gilead lint was much better than the linen lint.

  • What an unlooked for flight was this from our shadowy avenue of black-ash and balm-of-Gilead trees into the infinite!

  • Once in a long while you may see a balm-of-Gilead tree, or a clump of sapling poplars, planted near the door.

    Little Rivers Henry van Dyke
  • We also cleared up the slope round it and set out borders of young pine and balm-of-Gilead trees.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's

    Charles Asbury Stephens
  • The white fir grew to a much larger tree than the balm-of-Gilead he had known in the East, and the lower branches were tough.

    The Boy With the U. S. Foresters Francis Rolt-Wheeler

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