balm-of-Gilead

[bahm-uh v-gil-ee-uh d]
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

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 resinCompare balm (def. 1), myrrh (def. 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 firSee also Canada balsam
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