balm /bɑːm/

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I. noun

1. a fragrant cream or liquid used to heal or soothe the skin.

a skin balm for use after shaving.
2. something that has a soothing or restorative effect

the murmur of the water can provide balm for troubled spirits.
3. a tree which yields a fragrant resinous substance, especially one used in medicine.

●Species in several families, in particular those of the genus Commiphora (family Burseraceae). .
4. [ mass noun] the resinous substance yielded by a balm.
5. (also lemon or sweet balm) [ mass noun] a bushy herb of the mint family, with leaves smelling and tasting of lemon.

Melissa officinalis, family Labiatae.
6. used in names of other aromatic herbs of the mint family, e.g. bee balm.
– 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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