American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A chiefly Mediterranean perennial herb (Melissa officinalis) in the mint family, grown for its lemon-scented foliage, which is used as a seasoning or for tea. Also called lemon balm.
- n. Any of several related plants in the mint family, such as the bee balm and the horse balm.
- n. Any of various aromatic resins exuded from several trees and shrubs, especially the balm of Gilead (Commiphora) and related plants.
- n. An aromatic salve or oil.
- n. A pleasing aromatic fragrance.
- n. A soothing, healing, or comforting agent or quality.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An oily, aromatic, resinous substance, exuding spontaneously from trees of the genus Balsamodendron; hence, by extension, any aromatic or odoriferous exudation from trees or shrubs, whether spontaneous or after incision; balsam.
- n. An aromatic preparation used in embalming the dead. See embalm.
- n. Any aromatic or fragrant ointment, whether for ceremonial or for medicinal use, as for healing wounds or soothing pain. (For the ecclesiastical use, see balsam.)
- n. Aromatic fragrance; sweet odor.
- n. Anything which heals, soothes, or mitigates pain.
- n. A tree that yields balm; especially, a tree of the genus Balsamodendron.
- n. One of several aromatic plants of the natural order Labiatæ, particularly plants of the genus Melissa. The garden- or lemon-balm, bee-balm, or balm-mint is M. officinalis. Plants of other genera so named are the bastard balm, Melittis melissophyllum; the bee-balm of American gardens, Monarda didyma; the horse-balm, Collinsonia Canadensis; the field-balm, Nepeta Cataria; the Molucca balm, Moluccella læris; and the sweet balm, sometimes called balm of Gilead, Dracocephalum Canariense.
- n. A fragrant resin from South America. See carauna.
- n. In North America, the balsam-poplar, Populus balsamifera, the buds of which are coated in spring with an odorous balsam; also occasionally the balsam-fir, Abies balsamea, which yields the Canada balsam.
- n. The sweet balm, Dracocephalum Canariense (see above).
- To embalm.
- To anoint as with balm or with anything fragrant or medicinal.
- To soothe; mitigate; assuage; heal.
- n. Any of various aromatic resins exuded from certain plants, especially trees of the genus Commiphora of Africa, Arabia and India and Myroxylon of South America.
- n. A plant or tree yielding such substance.
- n. Any soothing oil or lotion, especially an aromatic one.
- n. figuratively Something soothing.
- n. Any of various aromatic plants of the genus Melissa, such as lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) or bee balm.
- v. archaic To anoint with balm, or with anything medicinal.
- v. figuratively To soothe; to mitigate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) An aromatic plant of the genus Melissa.
- n. The resinous and aromatic exudation of certain trees or shrubs.
- n. Any fragrant ointment.
- n. Anything that heals or that mitigates pain.
- v. Archaic, Archaic, Archaic To anoint with balm, or with anything medicinal. To soothe; to mitigate.
- n. any of various aromatic resinous substances used for healing and soothing
- n. semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
- From Old French basme, from Latin balsamum. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English baume, balsam, from Old French basme, from Latin balsamum; see balsam. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“All it is a balm from the relentless assault of cliched grimness we endure in SciFi.”
“Lip balm is the main thing I could not live without!”
“For the uninitiated: some kinds of lip gloss/balm is supposed to be “addictive” in a sense, particularly those that make the lips feel cool and tingly.”
“The goal of this lip balm is to make a fun, springtime moisturizing lip product in a matching suite with soap and lotion.”
“I can easily tell a commercial lip balm from a homemade one because the commercial ones nearly always have some sort of sweetener added and homemade ones usually don't.”
“But herbs, like thyme, rosemary, sage, Melissa (Melissa officinalis) also known as lemon balm, bee balm, is just beautiful to have outside the back door.”
“The lip balm is quite tasty and leaves a little zing on the lips because of the mint that MPG's have added to the straight chocolate lip balm.”
“This wax free moisturizing balm is made with medical grade lanolin and a unique blend of moisturizers that promises to be a step above the rest.www. lanolip.com”
“But there was no indication that the move would be more than a short-term balm for the crisis engulfing the Eurozone.”
“If your lips are superdry, skip the lipstick and use tinted lip balm, which is available in many different colors.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘balm’.
A complete Barron's Wordlist for GRE preparation. Your online flashcard replacement.
Fragrant things and terms that describe them. Generic names of botanical binomials aren't capitalized if the unconventional lower case form has a useful Wordnik definition. I'm primarily seeking te...
Protagonists and relevant words in the Book of Creation (Source: King James Bible)
favorites, of all sorts
Taisha GRE Bible
Looking for tweets for balm.