balm of Gilead

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balm of Gilead (uncountable)

  1. A rare perfume produced in Gilead and used medicinally, mentioned in the Bible. It is sometimes thought to have come from the plant Commiphora gileadensis, and sometimes from a terebinth tree in the genus Pistacia.
    Synonym: balsam of Gilead