from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A viscous, yellowish, transparent resin obtained from the balsam fir and used as a cement for glass lenses and for mounting specimens on microscopic slides.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A turpentine made from the resin of the balsam fir tree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. See under Balsam.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. etc. See the nouns.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. yellow transparent exudate of the balsam fir; used as a transparent cement in optical devices (especially in microscopy) and as a mounting medium
  • n. medium-sized fir of northeastern North America; leaves smell of balsam when crushed; much used for pulpwood and Christmas trees


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