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3 definitions found
 for balm of Gilead
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Opobalsam \Op`o*bal"sam\, Opobalsamum \Op`o*bal"sa*mum\, n. [L.
     opobalsamum, Gr. ?; ? vegetable juice + ? balsam.] (Med.)
     The old name of the aromatic resinous juice of the
     Balsamodendron opobalsamum, now commonly called balm of
     Gilead. See under Balm.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Balm \Balm\ (b[aum]m), n. [OE. baume, OF. bausme, basme, F.
     baume, L. balsamum balsam, from Gr. ba`lsamon; perhaps of
     Semitic origin; cf. Heb. b[=a]s[=a]m. Cf. Balsam.]
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     1. (Bot.) An aromatic plant of the genus Melissa.
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     2. The resinous and aromatic exudation of certain trees or
        shrubs. --Dryden.
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     3. Any fragrant ointment. --Shak.
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     4. Anything that heals or that mitigates pain. "Balm for each
        ill." --Mrs. Hemans.
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     Balm cricket (Zool.), the European cicada. --Tennyson.
  
     Balm of Gilead (Bot.), a small evergreen African and
        Asiatic tree of the terebinthine family ({Balsamodendron
        Gileadense). Its leaves yield, when bruised, a strong
        aromatic scent; and from this tree is obtained the balm of
        Gilead of the shops, or balsam of Mecca. This has a
        yellowish or greenish color, a warm, bitterish, aromatic
        taste, and a fragrant smell. It is valued as an unguent
        and cosmetic by the Turks. The fragrant herb
        Dracocephalum Canariense is familiarly called balm of
        Gilead, and so are the American trees, Populus
        balsamifera, variety candicans (balsam poplar), and
        Abies balsamea (balsam fir).
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  balm of Gilead
      n 1: medium-sized fir of northeastern North America; leaves
           smell of balsam when crushed; much used for pulpwood and
           Christmas trees [syn: balsam fir, balm of Gilead,
           Canada balsam, Abies balsamea]
      2: a fragrant oleoresin
      3: small evergreen tree of Africa and Asia; leaves have a strong
         aromatic odor when bruised [syn: balm of gilead,
         Commiphora meccanensis]

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