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Meaning of balsam

bal•sam

Pronunciation: (bôl'sum), [key]
— n.
  1. any of various fragrant exudations from certain trees, esp. trees of the genus Commiphora, as balm-of-Gilead. Cf.(def. 1).
  2. the similar products yielded by the leguminous trees Myroxylon pereirae and M. balsamum, of South America. Cf.
  3. oleoresin (def. 1).
  4. any of certain transparent turpentines, as Canada balsam.
  5. a plant or tree yielding a balsam.
  6. See
  7. any of several plants belonging to the genus Impatiens, as I. balsamina, a common garden annual. Cf.
  8. any aromatic ointment for ceremonial or medicinal use.
  9. any agency that heals, soothes, or restores: the balsam of understanding and appreciation.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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