from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The yellowish, fragrant balsam yielded by the sweet gum; also, the tree itself.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name for the sweet-gum tree of North America, Liquidambar Styraciflua.
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A kind of oil, called copalm, is extracted from it in Mexico, which, when solidified, is called copalm resin; this is an excitant of the mucous system, and it is given in chronic catarrhs, and in affections of the lungs, intestines, and urinary passages.
Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests, Medical, Economical, and Agricultural. Being also a Medical Botany of the Confederate States; with Practical Information on the Useful Properties of the Trees, Plants, and Shrubs