balsam fir


: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As summers and winters become warmer, experts predict animals, including moose and the state bird, the loon, along with species of the vast northern forests like paper birch, quaking aspen, balsam fir, and black spruce, will shift northward into Canada. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Aug. 2022 Dulaney Memorial Gardens was transformed Dec. 18 when live balsam fir wreaths, adorned with red ribbons, were laid on the graves of more than 4,000 veterans interred at the cemetery as a part of the Wreaths Across America program. Melissa Whatley,, 5 Jan. 2022 The Ramble fragrance is an inspired blend of rich balsam fir, spicy elemi, and sensual oakmoss. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 June 2022 Celebrate this festive season with Grove Co.'s limited edition balsam fir scent. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 29 Jan. 2021 Fresh balsam fir Christmas trees in a variety of sizes are available. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, 8 Dec. 2022 When times are tough, deer will also turn to coniferous species including cedar, Douglas fir, hemlock, balsam fir, and pine. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 31 Jan. 2023 Construction workers for the Rockefeller complex pooled together their funds in December 1931 for a 20-foot balsam fir. Matt Benoit, Discover Magazine, 23 Dec. 2022 The aroma is further amplified by tonka bean and balsam fir. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of balsam fir was in 1805

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“Balsam fir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

balsam fir

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

Medical Definition

balsam fir

: 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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