from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See balm, 7.


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  • The brew of goldenrod, bee-balm, and wild bergamot was a blackish green, and smelled like burnt fields, but it might help.

    Drums of Autumn

  • I nudged him half awake, brushed his hair, gave him the chamber pot, and coaxed bee-balm syrup into him-all the time listening for the sound of hooves, and Clarence's joyful announcement that company was coming.

    Drums of Autumn

  • There were narrow openings and plains, in places, where the sumac lifted its blood-red plumes, and bee-balm waved its crimson blossoms; while generally the woods were dense and magnificent.

    Summerfield or, Life on a Farm

  • Occasionally he would relinquish the rod, putting it into my hands with a rare self-denial as we came to a promising pool; but I was more deft at gathering bee-balm than taking trout, and willingly spared the rod to the eager angler.

    Our Friend John Burroughs

  • I shall long remember the enticing stream, the pretty cascades, the high shelving rocks sheltering the mossy nest of the phoebe, and the glowing masses of bee-balm blooming beside the stream; yes, and the eagerness of one of the fishermen as he slipped along ahead of me, dropping his hook into the pools.

    Our Friend John Burroughs

  • It does not matter; sooner or later we had all the old-fashioned things: hollyhocks in clusters and corners, and on the high ground in a long row against the sky; poppies and bleeding-heart, columbine and foxglove, bunches of crimson bee-balm and rows of tall delphinium in marvelous shades of blue.

    Dwellers in Arcady The Story of an Abandoned Farm

  • Then the unseen painter begins to mix the royal colour on his palette, and the red of the bee-balm catches your eye.

    Little Rivers; a book of essays in profitable idleness

  • It's long, thin, flexible proboscis uncoiled to sip nectar from phlox, bee-balm, honeysuckle, red clover and thistle -- and it had antennae! Siena Women's Basketball

  • Third, plant native or drought-resistant perennials such as bee-balm, purple coneflower, black-eyed susan, joe pye weed, and maidenhair fern.


  • She loved her home and friends; she loved Irving, and Scott, and Goldsmith; she loved Beattie's Minstrel, Milton's Comus, and Campbell's Wyoming; she loved the garden and fields; she loved the woods, and lake, and sky; she loved bee-balm and clover; she loved double-pinks, and double-roses; she tasted the fragrance of peaches and apples, with a purer zest than that which relished their pleasant pulps; and every lovely and tender creature found in her a friend.

    Summerfield or, Life on a Farm


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