AskDefine | Define balsam

Dictionary Definition

balsam

Noun

1 any seed plant yielding balsam
2 any of various fragrant oleoresins used in medicines and perfumes
3 a fragrant ointment containing a balsam resin

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • , /ˈbɔːlsəm/, /"bO:ls@m/

Noun

  1. A sweet-smelling oil or resin derived from various plants.
  2. A soothing ointment.
  3. A flower of the genus Impatiens.
ointment
  • Spanish: bálsamo
plant
  • Hebrew: צרי
  • Japanese: 鳳仙花 , ホウセンカ (ほうせんか)
  • Spanish: balsamina

See also

Extensive Definition

Balsam is a term used for various pleasantly scented plant products. An oily or gummy oleoresin, usually containing benzoic acid or cinnamic acid, obtained from the exudates of various trees and shrubs and used as a base for some botanical medicines. They may be obtained from:
Balsam may also refer to:
balsam in Danish: Balsam
balsam in German: Balsam (Begriffsklärung)
balsam in Spanish: Bálsamo
balsam in Esperanto: Balzamo
balsam in Upper Sorbian: Ameriski balsam
balsam in Dutch: Balsem

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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