- 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.
- oleoresin(def 1).
- any of certain transparent turpentines, as Canada balsam.
- a plant or tree yielding a balsam.
- balsam fir.
- 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.
Origin of balsam
Examples from the Web for balsamic
Contemporary Examples of balsamic
Now drizzle in the balsamic vinegar and slap your chicken around the bowl.How to Cook 'Ghetto Gourmet'
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2009
Gaby Dalkin takes out her high-end olive oil and blends it with balsamic vinegar to pour over caprese salad.The Secrets to Buying Olive Oil
December 1, 2009
But the manager says turnover is high and that he sells out of even such pricey items as Pringles, Nescafe, and balsamic vinegar.Life After the Bombs
October 16, 2009
Historical Examples of balsamic
One of the best remedies for wounds or bruises is the balsamic or anti-putrid vinegar, which is made in the following manner.
“A balsamic taste, slightly piquant but agreeable,” he observed.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
A wind came out of the North, cool and sweet and balsamic with 382 hope.The Prairie Child
They have a balsamic flavor, accompanied with a very agreeable odor.
They are aromatic, and have not the balsamic flavor of the true Calvilles.
- 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
Word Origin for balsam
1570s, "aromatic resin used for healing wounds and soothing pains," from Latin balsamum "gum of the balsam tree" (see balm). There is an isolated Old English reference from c.1000, and Middle English used basme, baume, from the French form of the word. As a type of flowering plant of the Impatiens family, it is attested from 1741.
- 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.