Canada balsam

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Canada balsam

n.
A viscous, yellowish, transparent resin obtained from the balsam fir and used as a cement for glass lenses and for mounting specimens on microscopic slides.

Canada balsam

n
1. (Botany) a yellow transparent resin obtained from the balsam fir. Because its refractive index is similar to that of glass, it is used as an adhesive in optical devices and as a mounting medium for microscope specimens
2. (Plants) another name for balsam fir

Can′ada bal′sam


n.
a water-soluble resin obtained from the balsam fir, Abies balsamea, used as a cement for microscope slides and lenses.
[1810–20, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Canada balsam - yellow transparent exudate of the balsam fir; used as a transparent cement in optical devices (especially in microscopy) and as a mounting medium
oleoresin - a naturally occurring mixture of a resin and an essential oil; obtained from certain plants
2.Canada balsam - medium-sized fir of northeastern North AmericaCanada balsam - medium-sized fir of northeastern North America; leaves smell of balsam when crushed; much used for pulpwood and Christmas trees
silver fir - any of various true firs having leaves white or silvery white beneath
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