horse balm


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horse balm

n.
Any of several strongly aromatic, eastern North American plants of the genus Collinsonia of the mint family, having opposite leaves, square stems, and axillary clusters of lemon-scented yellow flowers.

[From its former use for treating ailments of horses .]
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Noun1.horse balm - erect perennial strong-scented with serrate pointed leaves and a loose panicle of yellowish flowershorse balm - erect perennial strong-scented with serrate pointed leaves and a loose panicle of yellowish flowers; the eastern United States
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
Collinsonia, genus Collinsonia - small genus of perennial erect or spreading aromatic herbs; United States
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EMILY DICKINSON'S HERBARIUM Page 1: Horse Balm So begin, child, with one at hand, this weedish angel of boggy shade, "clergyman's friend," his cure for hoarseness; splay its serrate wings into service as a seal of royal entitlement.