Impatiens balsamina

Impatiens balsamina
Balsam Bal"sam (b[add]l"sam), n. [L. balsamum the balsam tree or its resin, Gr. ba`lsamon. See {Balm}, n.] 1. A resin containing more or less of an essential or volatile oil. [1913 Webster]

Note: The balsams are aromatic resinous substances, flowing spontaneously or by incision from certain plants. A great variety of substances pass under this name, but the term is now usually restricted to resins which, in addition to a volatile oil, contain benzoic and cinnamic acid. Among the true balsams are the balm of Gilead, and the balsams of copaiba, Peru, and Tolu. There are also many pharmaceutical preparations and resinous substances, possessed of a balsamic smell, to which the name balsam has been given. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) (a) A species of tree ({Abies balsamea}). (b) An annual garden plant ({Impatiens balsamina}) with beautiful flowers; balsamine. [1913 Webster]

3. Anything that heals, soothes, or restores. [1913 Webster]

Was not the people's blessing a balsam to thy blood? --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

{Balsam apple} (Bot.), an East Indian plant ({Momordica balsamina}), of the gourd family, with red or orange-yellow cucumber-shaped fruit of the size of a walnut, used as a vulnerary, and in liniments and poultices.

{Balsam fir} (Bot.), the American coniferous tree, {Abies balsamea}, from which the useful Canada balsam is derived.

{Balsam of copaiba}. See {Copaiba}.

{Balsam of Mecca}, balm of Gilead.

{Balsam of Peru}, a reddish brown, syrupy balsam, obtained from a Central American tree ({Myroxylon Pereir[ae]} and used as a stomachic and expectorant, and in the treatment of ulcers, etc. It was long supposed to be a product of Peru.

{Balsam of Tolu}, a reddish or yellowish brown semisolid or solid balsam, obtained from a South American tree ({Myroxylon toluiferum}). It is highly fragrant, and is used as a stomachic and expectorant.

{Balsam tree}, any tree from which balsam is obtained, esp. the {Abies balsamea}.

{Canada balsam}, {Balsam of fir}, Canada turpentine, a yellowish, viscid liquid, which, by time and exposure, becomes a transparent solid mass. It is obtained from the balm of Gilead (or balsam) fir ({Abies balsamea}) by breaking the vesicles upon the trunk and branches. See {Balm}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Impatiens Balsamina — Impatiens Im*pa ti*ens ([i^]m*p[=a] sh[i^]*[e^]nz), prop. n. [L., impatient.] (Bot.) A genus of plants, several species of which have very beautiful flowers; so called because the elastic capsules burst when touched, and scatter the seeds with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Impatiens balsamina —   Alegría …   Wikipedia Español

  • Impatiens balsamina — Taxobox name = Impatiens balsamina image width = 240px regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Ericales familia = Balsaminaceae genus = Impatiens species = I. balsamina binomial = Impatiens balsamina binomial… …   Wikipedia

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  • Impatiens Balsamina — Garden Gar den (g[aum]r d n; 277), n. [OE. gardin, OF. gardin, jardin, F. jardin, of German origin; cf. OHG. garto, G. garten; akin to AS. geard. See {Yard} an inclosure.] 1. A piece of ground appropriated to the cultivation of herbs, fruits,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Impatiens Balsamina — Lady s slipper La dy s slip per . (Bot.) Any orchidaceous plant of the genus {Cypripedium}, the labellum of which resembles a slipper. Less commonly, in the United States, the garden balsam ({Impatiens Balsamina}). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Impatiens balsamina — Balsamine Bal sam*ine, n. [Cf. F. balsamine, fr. Gr. balsami nh balsam plant.] (Bot.) The {Impatiens balsamina}, or garden balsam. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Impatiens balsamina — ID 42369 Symbol Key IMBA Common Name spotted snapweed Family Balsaminaceae Category Dicot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Introduced to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AL, FL, IL, KY, LA, MI, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, PR, RI, SC, VA, WI …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Impatiens balsamina L. — Symbol IMBA Common Name spotted snapweed Botanical Family Balsaminaceae …   Scientific plant list

  • impatiens — [ ɛ̃pasjɑ̃s ] n. f. • 1795; lat. impatiens ♦ Balsamine, appelée aussi impatiente. ⊗ HOM. Impatience. ● impatiente ou impatiens nom féminin (latin scientifique impatiens balsamina) Autre nom donné aux balsamines, parce que leur fruit s ouvre… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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