balsam

[ bawl-suh m ]SEE DEFINITION OF balsam
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Here is a piece of gum benzoin, the substance from which Friar's balsam is made.

It is found on dead pine, spruce, balsam, and other conifers.

When the heart is sick and sorest, There is balsam in the forest–– There is balsam in the forestFor its pain.

As straight as a pine, as sweet as a balsam, as sound as a white oak.

A balsam in Gaelic tales, in which a “Vessel of Balsam” often occurs.

Balsam Peru is a healing balm for burns of this classification.

Get a large wide-mouthed bottle and pour the balsam and benzole into it.

The genius of Jewish history has the balsam of consolation to offer.

The boys have cut his forehead, and Hetty wanted to bring him some balsam.

Examine in water; if satisfactory, dry and mount in Canada balsam.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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