[ bawl-suh m ]
/ ˈbɔl səm /
any of various fragrant exudations from certain trees, especially trees of the genus Commiphora, as balm-of-Gilead.Compare balm(def 1).
the similar products yielded by the leguminous trees Myroxylon pereirae and M. balsamum, of South America.Compare Peru balsam, tolu.
any of certain transparent turpentines, as Canada balsam.
a plant or tree yielding a balsam.
any of several plants belonging to the genus Impatiens, as I. balsamina, a common garden annual.Compare balsam family.
any aromatic ointment for ceremonial or medicinal use.
any agency that heals, soothes, or restores: the balsam of understanding and appreciation.
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Origin of balsam
before 1000; Middle English balsamum, balsaum, Old English balzaman < Latin balsamum < Greek bálsamon. See balm
OTHER WORDS FROM balsambal·sa·ma·ceous [bawl-suh-mey-shuh s] /ˌbɔl səˈmeɪ ʃəs/, adjectivebal·sam·ic [bawl-sam-ik] /bɔlˈsæm ɪk/, adjectivebal·sam·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for balsamaceous
/ (ˈbɔːlsəm) /
any of various fragrant oleoresins, such as balm or tolu, obtained from any of several trees and shrubs and used as a base for medicines and perfumes
any of various similar substances used as medicinal or ceremonial ointments
any of certain aromatic resinous turpentinesSee also Canada balsam
any plant yielding balsam
Also called: busy Lizzie any of several balsaminaceous plants of the genus Impatiens, esp I. balsamina, cultivated for its brightly coloured flowers
anything healing or soothing
Derived forms of balsambalsamic (bɔːlˈsæmɪk), adjectivebalsamy, adjective
Word Origin for balsam
C15: from Latin balsamum, from Greek balsamon, from Hebrew bāśām spice
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Scientific definitions for balsamaceous
[ bôl′səm ]
Any of several aromatic resins that flow from certain plants and that contain considerable amounts of benzoic acid, cinnamic acid, or both, or their esters. Balsams are used in perfumes and medicines.
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