- balm of gilead,
- balmain bug
Origin of balm
Examples from the Web for balm
Gwen Ifill of NewsHour called Dawkins “our balm and our rock” at his funeral.Six Months After Newtown, Gun Violence & Debate Continue|Eliza Shapiro|June 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Luckily, however, de Botton is insightful enough that he manages to provide some balm for the anxieties of any paycheck slave.
Do not allow the balm to remain in the mixture many minutes.Cakes & Ale|Edward Spencer
The breaths of thyme and balm, lavender and myrtle, were always in that parlour.The Late Miss Hollingford|Rosa Mulholland
After the strain of the past week these honest words of Mat were balm to her.Forty-one Thieves|Angelo Hall
Trees in the yard broke like matches; the Balm of Gilead roared like an ocean in a tempest.The Camp Fire Girls at Onoway House|Hildegard G. Frey
Again the balm and charm of the question ran into Nancy's veins.The Devourers|Annie Vivanti Chartres
Word Origin for balm
early 13c., basme, aromatic substance made from resins and oils, from Old French basme (Modern French baume), from Latin balsamum, from Greek balsamon "balsam," from Hebrew basam "spice," related to Aramaic busma, Arabic basham "balsam, spice, perfume."
Spelling refashioned 15c.-16c. on Latin model. Sense of "healing or soothing influence" (1540s) is from aromatic preparations from balsam (see balsam). Biblical Balm of Gilead, however, began with Coverdale; the Hebrew word there is tsori, which was rendered in Septuagint and Vulgate as "resin" (Greek rhetine, Latin resina).