balsam

noun

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

Examples of balsam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s also a chance to spot balsam trees, air plants, and even parrots and bats in the surrounding forests. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 27 June 2024 Despite the ability to create personalized scent blends, Walden’s volcanic rock diffusers can be purchased in tandem specifically with its Forest Essential Oil blend, featuring a warm, incense-like aroma and notes of woody balsam. Austa Somvichian-Clausen, Robb Report, 24 June 2024 Ginger 1974 is a spicy, sassy blend, featuring ginger, fir balsam, suede and white musk. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 There’s also a trendy pink-gray combo, as well as a balsam green set that will add a fresh pop to any suitcase, duffel bag, or backpack. Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 3 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for balsam 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of balsam was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Balsam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/balsam. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

balsam

noun
bal·​sam ˈbȯl-səm How to pronounce balsam (audio)
1
a
: a fragrant and usually oily substance that slowly flows from various plants
b
: a preparation containing or smelling like balsam
2
a
: a balsam-yielding tree (as balsam fir)
b
: impatiens
especially : one grown as an ornamental
3
balsamic
bȯl-ˈsam-ik
adjective

Medical Definition

balsam

noun
bal·​sam ˈbȯl-səm How to pronounce balsam (audio)
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
balsamic adjective

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