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balm

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noun \ˈbä(l)m\

Simple Definition of balm

  • : an oily substance that has a pleasant smell and that is used for healing, smoothing, or protecting the skin

  • : something that gives comfort or support

Full Definition of balm

  1. 1 :  a balsamic resin; especially :  one from small tropical evergreen trees (genus Commiphora of the family Burseraceae)

  2. 2 :  an aromatic preparation (as a healing ointment)

  3. 3 :  any of several aromatic plants of the mint family; especially :  lemon balm

  4. 4 :  a spicy aromatic odor

  5. 5 :  a soothing restorative agency

Examples of balm

  1. Art can be a balm to the soul.

  2. She shows that laughter is a balm for difficult times.



Origin of balm

Middle English basme, baume, from Anglo-French, from Latin balsamum balsam


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with balm


BALM Defined for Kids

balm

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noun \ˈbäm, ˈbälm\

Definition of balm

  1. :  a greasy substance used for healing or protecting the skin <lip balm>




Medical Dictionary

noun \ˈbä(l)m, New England also ˈbȧm\

Medical Definition of balm

  1. 1:  a balsamic resin; especially :  one from small tropical evergreen trees (genus Commiphora of the family Burseraceae)

  2. 2:  an aromatic preparation (as a healing ointment)

  3. 3:  a soothing restorative agency





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