Balm cricket
Balm Balm (b[aum]m), n. [OE. baume, OF. bausme, basme, F. baume, L. balsamum balsam, from Gr. ba`lsamon; perhaps of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. b[=a]s[=a]m. Cf. {Balsam}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) An aromatic plant of the genus {Melissa}. [1913 Webster]

2. The resinous and aromatic exudation of certain trees or shrubs. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. Any fragrant ointment. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Anything that heals or that mitigates pain. ``Balm for each ill.'' --Mrs. Hemans. [1913 Webster]

{Balm cricket} (Zo["o]l.), the European cicada. --Tennyson.

{Balm of Gilead} (Bot.), a small evergreen African and Asiatic tree of the terebinthine family ({Balsamodendron Gileadense}). Its leaves yield, when bruised, a strong aromatic scent; and from this tree is obtained the balm of Gilead of the shops, or balsam of Mecca. This has a yellowish or greenish color, a warm, bitterish, aromatic taste, and a fragrant smell. It is valued as an unguent and cosmetic by the Turks. The fragrant herb {Dracocephalum Canariense} is familiarly called balm of Gilead, and so are the American trees, {Populus balsamifera}, variety candicans (balsam poplar), and {Abies balsamea} (balsam fir). [1913 Webster]


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  • Balm cricket — Cricket Crick et (kr?k ?t), n. [OE. criket, OF. crequet, criquet; prob. of German origin, and akin to E. creak; cf. D. kriek a cricket. See {Creak}.] (Zo[ o]l.) An orthopterous insect of the genus {Gryllus}, and allied genera. The males make… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • balm-cricket — /bäm krikˈit/ (Tennyson) noun A cicada ORIGIN: Ger Baum tree, and ↑cricket2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • balm cricket — noun Etymology: by folk eytmology from baum cricket, part translation of German baumgrille, from baum tree (from Old High German boum) + grille cricket more at beam : cicada …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cricket — Crick et (kr?k ?t), n. [OE. criket, OF. crequet, criquet; prob. of German origin, and akin to E. creak; cf. D. kriek a cricket. See {Creak}.] (Zo[ o]l.) An orthopterous insect of the genus {Gryllus}, and allied genera. The males make chirping,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cricket bird — Cricket Crick et (kr?k ?t), n. [OE. criket, OF. crequet, criquet; prob. of German origin, and akin to E. creak; cf. D. kriek a cricket. See {Creak}.] (Zo[ o]l.) An orthopterous insect of the genus {Gryllus}, and allied genera. The males make… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cricket frog — Cricket Crick et (kr?k ?t), n. [OE. criket, OF. crequet, criquet; prob. of German origin, and akin to E. creak; cf. D. kriek a cricket. See {Creak}.] (Zo[ o]l.) An orthopterous insect of the genus {Gryllus}, and allied genera. The males make… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Balm — (b[aum]m), n. [OE. baume, OF. bausme, basme, F. baume, L. balsamum balsam, from Gr. ba lsamon; perhaps of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. b[=a]s[=a]m. Cf. {Balsam}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) An aromatic plant of the genus {Melissa}. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Balm of Gilead — Balm Balm (b[aum]m), n. [OE. baume, OF. bausme, basme, F. baume, L. balsamum balsam, from Gr. ba lsamon; perhaps of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. b[=a]s[=a]m. Cf. {Balsam}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) An aromatic plant of the genus {Melissa}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Acris gryllus — Cricket Crick et (kr?k ?t), n. [OE. criket, OF. crequet, criquet; prob. of German origin, and akin to E. creak; cf. D. kriek a cricket. See {Creak}.] (Zo[ o]l.) An orthopterous insect of the genus {Gryllus}, and allied genera. The males make… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grasshopper warbler — Cricket Crick et (kr?k ?t), n. [OE. criket, OF. crequet, criquet; prob. of German origin, and akin to E. creak; cf. D. kriek a cricket. See {Creak}.] (Zo[ o]l.) An orthopterous insect of the genus {Gryllus}, and allied genera. The males make… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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