any of several plants of the genus Commiphora, especially C. opobalsamum and C. meccanensis, which yield a fragrant oleoresin.
Also called Mecca balsam. the resin itself, a turbid yellow, green, or brownish-red water-insoluble gluey liquid, used chiefly in perfumery.
a hybrid North American poplar, Populus gileadensis, cultivated as a shade tree.
any of several trees of the burseraceous genus Commiphora, esp C. opobalsamum of Africa and W Asia, that yield a fragrant oily resin Compare balm (sense 1), myrrh (sense 1)
the resin exuded by these trees
a North American hybrid female poplar tree, Populus gileadensis (or P. candicans), with broad heart-shaped leaves
a fragrant resin obtained from the balsam fir See also Canada balsam
The region of Gilead abounded in spices and aromatic gums, which were exported to Egypt and Tyre (Gen. 37:25; Jer. 8:22; 46:11; Ezek. 27:17). The word “balm” is a contracted form of “balsam,” a word derived from the Greek _balsamon_, which was adopted as the representative of the Hebrew words _baal shemen_, meaning “lord” or “chief of oils.” The Hebrew name of this balm was _tsori_. The tree yielding this medicinal oil was probably the Balsamodendron opobalsamum of botanists, and the Amyris opobalsamum of Linnaeus. It is an evergreen, rising to the height of about 14 feet. The oil or resin, exuding through an orifice made in its bark in very small quantities, is esteemed of great value for its supposed medicinal qualities. (See BALM.) It may be noted that Coverdale’s version reads in Jer. 8:22, “There is no triacle in Galaad.” The word “triacle” = “treacle” is used in the sense of ointment.
any of various oily, fragrant, resinous substances, often of medicinal value, exuding from certain plants, especially tropical trees of the genus Commiphora. a plant or tree yielding such a substance. any aromatic or fragrant ointment. aromatic fragrance; sweet odor: the balm of orange blossoms. any of various aromatic plants of the mint family, especially those […]
a colored woolen petticoat, formerly worn under a skirt and draped so that portions of it could be seen. (lowercase). Also called bal. an ankle-high shoe, laced in front. a brimless Scottish cap with a flat top that projects all around the head. Contemporary Examples The corgis are an integral part of royal holidays, and […]
a loose-fitting, somewhat flared, single-breasted overcoat, often of tweed and having raglan sleeves, originally worn by men. Historical Examples There was the balmacaan coat and the round plush hat; and to Patsy, impulsive and heart-strong, it sufficed. Seven Miles to Arden Ruth Sawyer He wore a balmacaan of Scotch tweed and carried a round, plush […]
Pierre (Alexandre) [pyer a-lek-sahn-druh] /pyɛr a lɛkˈsɑ̃ drə/ (Show IPA), 1914–82, French fashion designer. Contemporary Examples There were no Balmain buckles, no Alexander Wang-style cutout dresses, not even a one-shoulder number by Obama favorite Jason Wu. The White House Goes Glam Rebecca Dana November 23, 2009 Goofy has shed his passé pants and turtleneck for […]