balm of Gilead
Etymology: Gilead, region of ancient Palestine known for its balm Date: 1629 1. an agency that soothes, relieves, or heals 2. a small evergreen African and Asian tree (Commiphora opobalsamum syn. C. meccanensis of the family Burseraceae) with aromatic leaves; also a fragrant oleoresin from this tree 3. any of several poplars having resinous buds: as a. a hybrid North American tree (Populus gileadensis) with broadly cordate leaves that are pubescent especially on the underside b. balsam poplar

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  • 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

  • balm of Gilead — balm of Gil·e·ad gil ē əd n 1) a small evergreen African and Asian tree (Commiphora meccanensis of the family Burseraceae) with aromatic leaves 2) a fragrant oleoresin from the balm of Gilead called also Mecca balsam * * * 1. the balsam poplar… …   Medical dictionary

  • balm of Gilead — n. 〚in allusion to Jer. 8:22〛 1. a) a small evergreen tree (Commiphora opobalsamum) of the bursera family native to Asia and Africa b) the resinous juice of this tree, used in ancient times in an aromatic ointment 2. anything healing or soothing… …   Universalium

  • balm of Gilead — n. [in allusion to Jer. 8:22] 1. a) a small evergreen tree (Commiphora opobalsamum) of the bursera family native to Asia and Africa b) the resinous juice of this tree, used in ancient times in an aromatic ointment 2. anything healing or soothing… …   English World dictionary

  • Balm of Gilead — For literary mentions of balm in Gilead or balm of Gilead , see Balsam of Mecca. For other uses, see Balm of Gilead (disambiguation). Balm of Gilead is a healing compound (a balm) made from the resinous gum of the North American tree species… …   Wikipedia

  • balm of Gilead — didžialapė tuopa statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Gluosninių šeimos dekoratyvinis, medieninis, vaistinis augalas (Populus ×jackii), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Populus × jackii angl. balm of Gilead; balm of Gilead; balm of… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • balm-of-Gilead — didžialapė tuopa statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Gluosninių šeimos dekoratyvinis, medieninis, vaistinis augalas (Populus ×jackii), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Populus × jackii angl. balm of Gilead; balm of Gilead; balm of… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • balm of Gilead — Opobalsam Op o*bal sam, Opobalsamum Op o*bal sa*mum, n. [L. opobalsamum, Gr. ?; ? vegetable juice + ? balsam.] (Med.) The old name of the aromatic resinous juice of the {Balsamodendron opobalsamum}, now commonly called {balm of Gilead}. See under …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • balm of Gilead — [ gɪlɪad] noun 1》 a fragrant medicinal resin obtained from certain trees. 2》 a tree that yields balm of Gilead. [Commiphora gileadensis (Arabia) and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • balm-of-Gilead — balzaminis miramedis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Burserinių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Commiphora gileadensis), paplitęs Afrikoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. Iš jo gaunami lipai, naudojamas smilkalams. atitikmenys: lot. Commiphora… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • balm-of-Gilead — balm′ of Gil′ead n. 1) pln any of several plants of the genus Commiphora, of the bursera family, esp. C. opobalsamum and C. meccanensis, which yield a fragrant oleoresin 2) pln the resin itself, a turbid, viscid liquid used chiefly in perfumery… …   From formal English to slang

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