[bahm-uh v-gil-ee-uh d]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for balm-of-gilead
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