horse balm

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noun

a lemon-scented plant, Collinsonia canadensis, of eastern North America, having small yellow flowers.

Nearby words

  1. hors d'oeuvre,
  2. hors de combat,
  3. horsa,
  4. horse,
  5. horse around,
  6. horse bean,
  7. horse block,
  8. horse brass,
  9. horse chestnut,
  10. horse clam

Origin of horse balm

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90

Also called horseweed, richweed.

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Examples from the Web for horse balm

  • Only a few days since, while out on a drive, I passed a luxuriant clump of the plant known as "horse-balm."

    My Studio Neighbors|William Hamilton Gibson
  • Horse-balm (Collinsonia), its singular shape, 136;manner of bee's approach to, 138.

    My Studio Neighbors|William Hamilton Gibson