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a fragrant resin exuded from certain trees; any of various plants belonging to the genus Impatiens; any agency that heals, soothes, or restores: the balsam of kindness
Not to be confused with:
balsa – a tropical American tree of the bombax family, yielding a very light wood used for rafts and toys: The toy airplane was made of balsa wood.
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a. Any of several aromatic resins, such as balsam of Peru and balsam of Tolu, that contain considerable amounts of benzoic acid, cinnamic acid, or both, or their esters.
b. Any of several other fragrant plant resins, such as Canada balsam.
c. A similar substance, especially a fragrant ointment used as medication; a balm.
2. Any of various trees, especially the balsam fir, yielding an aromatic resinous substance.
3. See impatiens.
[Latin balsamum, balm of Gilead, from Greek balsamon, of Semitic origin; see bśm in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Plants) any of various fragrant oleoresins, such as balm or tolu, obtained from any of several trees and shrubs and used as a base for medicines and perfumes
2. (Plants) any of various similar substances used as medicinal or ceremonial ointments
3. (Plants) any of certain aromatic resinous turpentines. See also Canada balsam
4. (Plants) any plant yielding balsam
5. (Plants) Also called: busy Lizzie any of several balsaminaceous plants of the genus Impatiens, esp I. balsamina, cultivated for its brightly coloured flowers
6. anything healing or soothing
[C15: from Latin balsamum, from Greek balsamon, from Hebrew bāśām spice]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. any of various fragrant resins exuded from certain trees, esp. trees of the genus Commiphora, as balm-of-Gilead. Compare balm (def. 1).
3. any of various trees yielding a balsam, esp. the balsam fir.
4. any of several plants belonging to the genus Impatiens, as I. balsamina, a common garden annual.
5. any aromatic ointment for ceremonial or medicinal use.
[before 1000; Middle English balsamum, Old English balzaman < Latin balsamum < Greek bálsamon < Semitic (compare Hebrew bāshām)]
bal•sam•ic (bɔlˈsæm ɪk) adj.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
balsam- First referred to an aromatic resinous substance with healing or soothing properties.
See also related terms for healing.
balm, balsam - Greek balsamon is the source of both balm and balsam; it was an oily resin of various trees and shrubs.
See also related terms for shrubs.
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|Noun||1.||balsam - any seed plant yielding balsam |
balsam - any of various fragrant oleoresins used in medicines and perfumes
|2.||balsam - any of various fragrant oleoresins used in medicines and perfumes|
balsam - any seed plant yielding balsam
balsam of tolu, tolu, tolu balsam - aromatic yellowish brown balsam from the tolu balsam tree used especially in cough syrups
oleoresin - a naturally occurring mixture of a resin and an essential oil; obtained from certain plants
balm - any of various aromatic resinous substances used for healing and soothing
|3.||balsam - an ointment containing a fragrant resin|
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بَلْسَم، دَواء، مُرَطِّب
balsam[ˈbɔːlsəm] N → bálsamo m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
→ Balsam m
(Bot) → Springkraut nt
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
balsam[ˈbɔːlsəm] n → balsamo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
a pleasant-smelling substance obtained from certain trees. He inhaled balsam when he had a bad cold. balsem, balseminie بَلْسَم، دَواء، مُرَطِّب балсам bálsamo balzám der Balsam balsam αρωματική ουσία φυτικής προέλευσης, βάλσαμοbálsamo palsam انواع مرهم ها و داروهای دارای بلسان balsami baume בשם, בושם गुलमेहदी balzam balzsam balsem ilmkvoða balsamo バルサム 발삼 balzamas balzams keembung balsembalsambalsam بلسام (يو ډول صحى شراب). يو ډول پوټى چه سپين ګلان لرى او له خوشبويى شيرې څخه يې دمالش دارو جوړيږى bálsamo balsam бальзам balzam balzam balzam balsam น้ำมันหอมจากต้นไม้ balsam (從某些樹木取得的)香脂 бальзам بلسان ، روغنِ بلسان nhựa thơm 风油精，香膏，香脂，香液
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