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balm of Gilead

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balm of Gil·e·ad \-ˈgi-lē-əd\

Definition of balm of Gilead

  1. 1 :  an agency that soothes, relieves, or heals

  2. 2 :  a small evergreen African and Asian tree (Commiphora opobalsamum syn. C. meccanensis of the family Burseraceae) with aromatic leaves; also :  a fragrant oleoresin from this tree

  3. 3 :  any of several poplars having resinous buds: as a :  a hybrid North American tree (Populus gileadensis) with broadly cordate leaves that are pubescent especially on the underside b :  balsam poplar



Origin of balm of gilead

Gilead, region of ancient Palestine known for its balm


First Known Use: 1629


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balm of Gilead

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noun balm of Gil·e·ad \-ˈgil-ē-əd\

Medical Definition of balm of Gilead

  1. 1:  a small evergreen African and Asian tree (Commiphora meccanensis of the family Burseraceae) with aromatic leaves

  2. 2:  a fragrant oleoresin from the balm of Gilead—called also Mecca balsam




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