balsam

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noun bal·sam \ˈbȯl-səm\

Definition of balsam

  1. 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 medicineb :  a preparation containing resinous substances and having a balsamic odor

  2. 2a :  a balsam-yielding tree; especially :  balsam firb :  impatiens; especially :  a common garden ornamental (Impatiens balsamina)

  3. 3 :  balm 5

Origin and Etymology of balsam

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


BALSAM Defined for English Language Learners

balsam

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noun bal·sam \ˈbȯl-səm\

Definition of balsam for English Language Learners

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


BALSAM Defined for Kids

balsam

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noun bal·sam \ˈbȯl-səm\

Definition of balsam for Students

  1. 1 :  a material with a strong pleasant smell that oozes from some plants

  2. 2 :  a fir tree that yields balsam


Medical Dictionary

balsam

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noun bal·sam \ˈbȯl-səm\

Medical Definition of balsam

  1. 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 medicineb:  a preparation containing resinous substances and having a balsamic odor

  2. 2:  a balsam-yielding tree

  3. 3:  balm 3

balsamic

\bȯl-ˈsam-ik\play adjective

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