balsam fir


Definition of 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Several species of evergreen trees are commonly harvested for Christmas trees, including Fraser fir, balsam fir, blue spruce, Scotch pine, and Norway spruce. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Don't Toss That X-Mas Tree: Let's Make Something Instead," 26 Dec. 2020 That might include cutting down a fragrant spruce or balsam fir at a Christmas tree farm. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Presence, not presents: Finding meaning in a minimalist Christmas," 22 Dec. 2020 Set the mood for pampering by lighting a few Koselig candles, with scrumptious aromas including balsam fir and clove and lavender and spruce. Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, "Essential Minnesota gift guide: 61 perfect picks while we're all home for the holidays," 27 Nov. 2020 The moose explosion has damaged the park's vegetation, particularly balsam fir, their food of choice during long, snowbound winters. John Flesher, Detroit Free Press, "Relocated Isle Royale wolves show promising signs, scientists say," 14 Sep. 2020 The researchers have been doing post-harvest work for the past three years, with an eye toward establishing alternative trees that could one day become household names like Douglas or balsam fir. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Needling question: Can science create a perfect Christmas tree?," 19 Dec. 2019 This project uses selective breeding to improve balsam fir, the species that dominates Christmas tree sales in eastern Canada. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Needling question: Can science create a perfect Christmas tree?," 19 Dec. 2019 Brule River State Forest, Brule: Evergreens in this forest in Douglas County include white pine, white spruce and balsam fir. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's how and where you can cut down a Christmas tree in a Wisconsin forest," 27 Nov. 2019 The Walpole High School chorus and treble chorus will perform at the stone stage in the park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. while the lights on the nearby 10-foot balsam fir are switched on., "Visitors can get into the holiday spirit by sipping hot chocolate and listening to music at Bird Park’s tree lighting ceremony in Walpole on Dec. 6.," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of balsam fir

1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Balsam fir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of balsam fir

: a small American evergreen tree

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Medical Definition of 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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