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 Each individual $15 sponsors a fresh balsam veteran’s wreath that will be placed on the headstone of an American hero on Dec. 19, as part of National Wreaths Across America Day. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 19 Nov. 2020 Treat a candle-loving loved one to a delightful seasonal scent — balsam, cedar wood, cinnamon and eucalyptus — inside mercury glass with a sandblasted finish. Kara Nelson | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Need some stocking stuffers? Here are 5 from local stores sure to suit someone on your list," 8 Dec. 2020 Each individual $15 sponsors a fresh balsam veteran’s wreath that will be placed on the headstone of an American hero on Dec. 19, as part of National Wreaths Across America Day. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 19 Nov. 2020 Each individual $15 sponsors a fresh balsam veteran’s wreath that will be placed on the headstone of an American hero on Dec. 19, as part of National Wreaths Across America Day. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 19 Nov. 2020 Each individual $15 sponsors a fresh balsam veteran’s wreath that will be placed on the headstone of an American hero on Dec. 19, as part of National Wreaths Across America Day. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 19 Nov. 2020 Open every day after Thanksgiving and up until Christmas Eve, Superior offers Fraser and balsam firs from Michigan, along with a large variety of handmade crafts and wreaths. Holly Baumbach, chicagotribune.com, "Fresh Christmas trees without the hassle — and maybe with a cocktail in hand," 18 Nov. 2020 Each individual $15 sponsors a fresh balsam veteran’s wreath that will be placed on the headstone of an American hero on Dec. 19, as part of National Wreaths Across America Day. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 12 Nov. 2020 When properly cut, spruce tops and balsam boughs regenerate. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "'Thieving in the woods': DNR officers try to corral spruce top pirates," 22 Oct. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/balsam. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for balsam

balsam

noun
How to pronounce balsam (audio)

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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