balsam

noun bal·sam \ ˈbȯl-səm \

Definition of balsam

1 a :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 :a balsam-yielding tree; especially :balsam fir
b :impatiens; especially :a common garden ornamental (Impatiens balsamina)
3 :balm 5

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Origin and Etymology of balsam

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


BALSAM Defined for English Language Learners

balsam

noun

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

noun bal·sam \ ˈbȯl-səm \

Definition of balsam for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

balsam

noun bal·sam \ ˈbȯl-səm \

medical Definition of balsam

1 a :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
3 :balm 3

balsamic

play \bȯl-ˈsam-ik\ adjective

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