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balm

noun \ˈbä(l)m\

: 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
:  a balsamic resin; especially :  one from small tropical evergreen trees (genus Commiphora of the family Burseraceae)
2
:  an aromatic preparation (as a healing ointment)
3
:  any of several aromatic plants of the mint family; especially :  lemon balm
4
:  a spicy aromatic odor
5
:  a soothing restorative agency
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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

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

Rhymes with BALM

BALM Defined for Kids

balm

noun \ˈbäm, ˈbälm\

Definition of BALM for Kids

:  a greasy substance used for healing or protecting the skin <lip balm>
Medical Dictionary

balm

noun \ˈbä(l)m, New England also ˈbȧm\

Medical Definition of BALM

1
:  a balsamic resin; especially :  one from small tropical evergreen trees (genus Commiphora of the family Burseraceae)
2
:  an aromatic preparation (as a healing ointment)
3
:  a soothing restorative agency
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