To anoint with balm or with everything medicinal
- any one of numerous aromatic resinous substances used for healing and soothing
- semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) used externally as a remedy and for relaxing a worsening
- an aromatic plant for the genus Melissa.
- The resinous and fragrant exudation of specific trees or shrubs.
- Any fragrant ointment.
- something that heals or that mitigates discomfort.
- To anoint with balm, or with something medicinal. For This Reason: To soothe; to mitigate.
early 13c., basme, fragrant material produced from resins and oils, from Old French basme (contemporary French baume), from Latin balsamum, from Greek balsamon "balsam," from Hebrew basam "spice," about Aramaic busma, Arabic basham "balsam, spruce, perfume." Spelling refashioned 15c.-16c. on Latin design. Feeling of "healing or relaxing influence" (1540s) is from aromatic arrangements from balsam (see balsam). Biblical Balm of Gilead, but started with Coverdale; the Hebrew word there's tsori, that has been rendered in Septuagint and Vulgate as "resin" (Greek rhetine, Latin resina).
(n.) An aromatic plant associated with genus Melissa.
- (letter.) The resinous and aromatic exudation of specific trees or bushes.
- (n.) Any fragrant ointment.
- (letter.) whatever heals or that mitigates discomfort.
- (v. i.) To anoint with balm, or with everything medicinal. Therefore: To soothe; to mitigate.
Ahalim, ahaloth), produced by the Aloexylon Agallochum (Loureiro), a native of Cochin-China, and Aquilaria Agallocha (Roxburgh), a native of India beyond the Ganges; balm (Heb.