balm of Gilead


balm of Gil·e·ad

\-ˈgi-lē-əd\

Definition of BALM OF GILEAD

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

balm of Gil·e·ad

noun \-ˈgil-ē-əd\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BALM OF GILEAD

1
: a small evergreen African and Asian tree (Commiphora meccanensis of the family Burseraceae) with aromatic leaves
2
: a fragrant oleoresin from the balm of Gilead—called also Mecca balsam

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