balm of Gilead

noun phrase
balm of Gil·​e·​ad | \ -ˈgi-lē-əd How to pronounce balm of Gilead (audio) \

Definition of balm of Gilead

1 : an agency that soothes, relieves, or heals
2 : a small evergreen African and Asian tree (Commiphora opobalsamum synonym C. meccanensis of the family Burseraceae) with aromatic leaves also : a fragrant oleoresin from this tree
3 : any of several poplars having resinous buds: such as
a : a hybrid North American tree (Populus gileadensis) with broadly cordate leaves that are pubescent especially on the underside

First Known Use of balm of Gilead

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for balm of Gilead

Gilead, region of ancient Palestine known for its balm

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“Balm of Gilead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/balm%20of%20Gilead. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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balm of Gilead

noun
balm of Gil·​e·​ad | \ -ˈgil-ē-əd How to pronounce balm of Gilead (audio) \

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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