Definition of balm in English:

balm

Syllabification: balm
Pronunciation: /bä(l)m
 
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noun

1A fragrant ointment or preparation used to heal or soothe the skin.
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  • Body washes, shampoos, liquid talc, massaging balms and skin lotions are all priced at £3.99.
  • With modern grooming products, battery-powered razors, and shaving balms to smooth the skin, there's probably no excuse for a man to have any facial hair.
  • An extension to her practice is the line of lotions, gels, creams, balms and lip glosses.
Synonyms
1.1Something that has a comforting, soothing, or restorative effect: the murmur of the water can provide balm for troubled spirits
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  • Indeed, an evenly divided Congress could provide the healing balm the country desperately needs.
  • They come for the balm that touch can provide in times that are immensely stressful to the human psyche.
  • It also reminds in the quietest way how families can provide a balm against this worry.
Synonyms
relief, comfort, ease, succor, consolation, cheer, solace
2A tree that yields a fragrant resinous substance, typically one used in medicine.
  • Species in several families, in particular those of the genus Commiphora (family Burseraceae)
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  • A typical nest thus pointed out by an over-obliging bird was saddled neatly on a horizontal limb of a balm tree at the height of about 30 feet from the ground and the ever-present lake.
  • The balm tree is no longer found in Judea.
  • Now this did not one jot move the orange till she saw a man at work with an incision-knife, upon a balm-tree there at hand, to let out the balsam.
2.1The resinous substance yielded by a balm.
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  • The balm exuded by this shrub led to it being regarded throughout part of its native range (especially in Spain, Italy, & Greece) as one & the same with the biblical Balm of Gilead.
3 (also lemon balm or sweet balm) A bushy herb of the mint family, with leaves smelling and tasting of lemon.
  • Melissa officinalis, family Labiatae
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  • Growing my own fresh herbs saves me easily $35-50 per year… I grow my own oregano, basil, lemon balm, lemon thyme, chives, sage, and cilantro.
  • The consensus is that they tend to avoid aromatic herbs including garlic, onions, chives, rosemary, lavender, lemon balm, mint, tansy, lovage, marjoram, thyme, sage and fennel.
  • My favorite herbs to grow are basil, oregano, lemon balm, parsley and mint.
3.1Used in names of other aromatic herbs of the mint family, e.g., bee balm.
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  • I almost passed over her, cloaked in an old brown robe and deep in conversation with a toothless old peasant woman selling various herbs and balms.
  • The apothecary, Harold, was robbed of some herbs and balms, as I am sure you know.
  • I purchased my bee balm from flea and farmer's markets.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'preparation for embalming, fragrant resinous substance'): from Old French basme, from Latin balsamum (see balsam).

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