balsam

noun
bal·​sam | \ ˈbȯl-səm How to pronounce balsam (audio) \

Definition of balsam

1a : an aromatic and usually oily and resinous substance flowing from various plants especially : any of several resinous substances containing benzoic or cinnamic acid and used especially in medicine
b : a preparation containing resinous substances and having a balsamic odor
2a : a balsam-yielding tree especially : balsam fir
b : impatiens especially : a common garden ornamental (Impatiens balsamina)

Examples of balsam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The forest is thick with undisturbed birch, aspen, basswood, balsam and spruce. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, 10 July 2021 Firs such as Fraser, balsam, noble and concolor retain their needles the longest and make great cut trees. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 11 Dec. 2021 Inspired by the speakeasy culture of 1930s Prohibition, this creative, woody fragrance brings a retro vibe to happy hour with essences of juniper, gin, red currant, balsam, oak, cypress and cedar. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 12 Dec. 2021 Fill your home with wintery magic, with this balsam and cedar Yankee Candle. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Dec. 2021 The trees available include balsam, Douglas, Frazier firs and Scotch pines and range in height 6 to 12 feet. Alicia Fabbre, chicagotribune.com, 20 Nov. 2021 Boy Smells welcomes the new FIGURARE candle to its atelier, which boasts bold notes of fig leaves, black pepper, lavender, cardamom, pepperwood, and fir balsam, and is described as a modern take on traditional opulence by the brand. Emerald Elitou, Essence, 18 Nov. 2021 The candle emanates with the scents of a cozy holiday fire (think: balsam, clove, amber, and sandalwood). Joni Sweet, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 The upright stems of garden balsam (Impatiens Balsamina), a plant more popular decades ago than today, are studded with double flowers resembling miniature roses. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of balsam

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for balsam

Latin balsamum, from Greek balsamon, probably of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew bāshām balsam

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balsam

noun

English Language Learners Definition of balsam

: an oily substance with a pleasant smell that comes from different kinds of plants

balsam

noun
bal·​sam | \ ˈbȯl-səm How to pronounce balsam (audio) \

Kids Definition of balsam

1 : a material with a strong pleasant smell that oozes from some plants
2 : a fir tree that yields balsam

balsam

noun
bal·​sam | \ ˈbȯl-səm How to pronounce balsam (audio) \

Medical Definition of balsam

1a : an aromatic and usually oily and resinous substance flowing from various plants especially : any of several resinous substances containing benzoic or cinnamic acid and used especially in medicine
b : a preparation containing resinous substances and having a balsamic odor
2 : a balsam-yielding tree

Other Words from balsam

balsamic \ bȯl-​ˈsam-​ik How to pronounce balsam (audio) \ adjective

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