Balsam fir



a North American fir, Abies balsamea, having dark purplish cones and yielding Canada balsam.
the wood of this tree.
any of certain other firs.
Canada balsam.
a pale yellow or greenish, slightly fluorescent, clear, viscous, bitter-tasting, water-insoluble liquid, having a pleasant, aromatic, pinelike odor, and solidifying on exposure to air: obtained from the balsam fir, Abies balsamea, and used chiefly for mounting objects on microscope slides, in the manufacture of fine lacquers, and as a cement for lenses.
Contemporary Examples

On the way down he identifies trees by which needles are best to sleep on: balsam fir is good.
Pete Dexter’s Indelible Portrait of Author Norman Maclean Pete Dexter March 22, 2014

Historical Examples

The balsam fir and the silver spruce are the evergreen poems of the wild.
Wild Life on the Rockies Enos A. Mills

When grown in the open, the crown is pyramidal, like that of balsam fir.
American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson

The balsam fir is generally found in company with the alders or the silver spruce near a brook.
Wild Life on the Rockies Enos A. Mills

In that respect they resemble leaves of balsam fir and hemlock.
American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson

The list of names and the locality of their use indicate fairly well the geographical range of balsam fir.
American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson

This fir differs from balsam fir in its choice of situation.
American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson

The leaves of balsam fir are from one-half to one and one-fourth inches long.
American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson

The odor of the balsam fir is drawn out and spread far by the heat.
Minstrel Weather Marian Storm

That is lighter than balsam fir, which is classed among the very light woods.
American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson

noun
a fir tree, Abies balsamea, of NE North America, that yields Canada balsam Also called balsam, Canada balsam. See also balm of Gilead
noun
a yellow transparent resin obtained from the balsam fir. Because its refractive index is similar to that of glass, it is used as an adhesive in optical devices and as a mounting medium for microscope specimens
another name for balsam fir

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