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Friday, November 23, 2012

balsamaceous

\bawl-suh-MEY-shuhs\ , adjective;
1.
Possessing healing or restorative qualities.
Quotes:
Minus the balsamaceous or incense resins and portrayed as Osiris, God of the Dead, he evidently did not lean toward the "spirit" side.
-- Journal of the American Society of Naval Engineers, inc, Volume 52, Issue 3, 1940.
[Myrrh is] a brown aromatic gum resin with a bitter pungent taste derived from a balsamaceous shrub, Balsamea myrrha.
-- C. Raimer Smith, The Physician Examines the Bible
Origin:
Balsamaceous derives from the Latin balsamum, "resin of the Balsam tree." This substance is historically celebrated for its aroma and healing properties.
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