balsam fir

noun

: a resinous North American fir (Abies balsamea) that is widely used for pulpwood and as a Christmas tree and is the source of Canada balsam

Examples of balsam fir in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some stay in Maine through the winter, collecting balsam fir branches for wreaths, or working in the seafood processing industry. Kate Olson, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 June 2024 The Christmas tree has been a tradition for more than eight decades, after workers at the Rockefeller Center first pooled their money to by a 20-foot tall balsam fir in December 1931. Natalie Kainz, NBC News, 28 Nov. 2023 The farm sells a variety of trees: balsam fir, Canaan fir, Fraser fir, Korean fir, Siberian fir, white pine, Norway pine and Scotch pine. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, 5 Feb. 2024 Other customers will look for shorter trees to fit in smaller homes or apartments, or come in search of something with a stronger scent, such as a balsam fir. Praveena Somasundaram, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2023 Scotch pine and balsam fir are regularly grown in the Great Lakes states. Discover Magazine, 9 Dec. 2023 Douglas firs grow primarily in the Western U.S. USDA Scotch pine and balsam fir are regularly grown in the Great Lakes states. Curtis Vanderschaaf, CBS News, 5 Dec. 2023 The historic corridor running up Manhattan’s skirt is decked with balsam fir branches, weighted with tinsel, golden baubles, and pine cones. Abe Beame, Essence, 20 Dec. 2023 The aromatic blend of balsam fir and fresh pine smell like walking through a Christmas tree farm and, as a bonus, it’s made with natural essential oils and plant extracts, and a clean-burning soy wax. L. Daniela Alvarez, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of balsam fir was in 1805

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“Balsam fir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/balsam%20fir. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

balsam fir

noun
: a North American fir tree widely used for pulpwood and as a Christmas tree

Medical Definition

balsam fir

noun
: a resinous American evergreen tree (Abies balsamea) that is widely used for pulpwood and as a Christmas tree and that is the source of Canada balsam

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