Definitions

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  • n. The aromatic resinous juice of Balsamodendron opobalsamum; balm of Gilead.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The old name of the aromatic resinous juice of the Balsamodendron opobalsamum, now commonly called balm of Gilead. See under balm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A resinous juice, also called balm or balsam of Gilead. See balm.

Etymologies

Latin opobalsamum. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Up through the thorn-bushes and opobalsam trees he comes, scrabbling on boulders, this is a fit man, no softbellied usurer he.

    The Satanic Verses

  • Jewish borough called Engaddi which furnished opobalsam.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • Christian Era balsam was obtained from Judea (opobalsam) and from

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • While I stood inhaling the scents of opobalsam, and cinnamon and myrrh, and wine of palm and oil of cedar, and all the other spices of the Pharaohs, mingled in one strange aromatic cloud, my personality seemed again to become, in part, the reflex of ancestral experiences.

    Aylwin

  • Products from the opobalsam bush, grown in the Dead Sea area, were exported, including the sap, twigs and bark, which were used as medical remedies for headaches and problems with eye-sight.

    Insurgent American

  • Our knowledge of At the fi nal stage, the prescribed quantities of these writings of Mithridates (Watson, 1966) has 55 herbs, previously prepared by various pro - come down to us in the writings of Pliny and cesses, along with the prescribed quantity of squill Galen, as the translation by Lenaeus has been lost. and viper fl esh powder (48 drachms), were added Pliny writes: to hedychium, long pepper and poppy juice (all at 24 drachms); 8 herbs including cinnamon and By his unaided efforts Mithridates devised the plan of opobalsam (all at 12 drachms); 18 herbs including drinking poison daily after fi rst taking remedies in myrrh, black and white pepper, and turpentine order to achieve immunity by sheer habituation.

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  • B.J. 2.591; Vita 74-76), dates, opobalsam and spices.

    Insurgent American

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  • Thanks, hernesheir!

    December 27, 2010

  • Thanks, hh!

    December 27, 2010

  • An old name for balm of Gilead, for the Wordnik listers of balms and gums and resins.

    December 27, 2010