balm

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From Anglo-Norman and Middle French baume, from Old French basme, from Latin balsamum. Spelling modified 16th c. to conform to Latin etymology.

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balm (plural balms)

  1. Any of various aromatic resins exuded from certain plants, especially trees of the genus Commiphora of Africa, Arabia and India and Myroxylon of South America.
  2. A plant or tree yielding such substance.
  3. Any soothing oil or lotion, especially an aromatic one.
    There is a balm in Gilead.... (Spiritual)
  4. (figuratively) Something soothing.
    Classical music is a sweet balm for our sorrows.
  5. Any of various aromatic plants of the genus Melissa, such as lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) or bee balm.

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balm (third-person singular simple present balms, present participle balming, simple past and past participle balmed)

  1. (archaic) To anoint with balm, or with anything medicinal.
  2. (figuratively) To soothe; to mitigate.
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