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balm-of-Gilead

[bahm-uh v-gil-ee-uh d] /ˈbɑm əvˈgɪl i əd/
noun
1.
any of several plants of the genus Commiphora, especially C. opobalsamum and C. meccanensis, which yield a fragrant oleoresin.
2.
Also called Mecca balsam. the resin itself, a turbid yellow, green, or brownish-red water-insoluble gluey liquid, used chiefly in perfumery.
3.
a hybrid North American poplar, Populus gileadensis, cultivated as a shade tree.
Origin of balm-of-Gilead
1695-1705
1695-1705
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