balm of Gilead

noun phrase
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 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

b : balsam poplar

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

noun
balm of Gil·​e·​ad | \-ˈgil-ē-əd \

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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