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

  • n. A North American tree (Abies balsamea) having a pyramidal shape and flattened needles. It is widely used as a Christmas tree and yields Canada balsam and pulpwood.

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  • n. A North American species of fir tree (Abies balsamea).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the American coniferous tree, Abies balsamea, from which the useful Canada balsam is derived.

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

  • 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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  • On a low, dead branch of a balsam fir not ten feet away, a small red squirrel, with his winter ear tufts already grown in, plucked a leathery brown rosette of lichen growing on the bark.

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