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balsam

Definitions of balsam
  1. noun
    any of various fragrant oleoresins used in medicines and perfumes
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    balsam of tolu, tolu, tolu balsam
    aromatic yellowish brown balsam from the tolu balsam tree used especially in cough syrups
    balm
    any of various aromatic resinous substances used for healing and soothing
    balsam of Peru
    dark brown syrupy balsam from the Peruvian balsam tree used especially in dressing wounds and treating certain skin diseases
    balm of Gilead
    a fragrant oleoresin
    type of:
    oleoresin
    a naturally occurring mixture of a resin and an essential oil; obtained from certain plants
  2. noun
    any seed plant yielding balsam
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    type of:
    phanerogam, seed plant, spermatophyte
    plant that reproduces by means of seeds not spores
  3. noun
    an ointment containing a fragrant resin
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    type of:
    balm, ointment, salve, unction, unguent
    semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
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