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balsam fir

noun
1.
a North American fir, Abies balsamea, having dark purplish cones and yielding Canada balsam.
2.
the wood of this tree.
3.
any of certain other firs.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805, Americanism

balsam of fir

noun
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British Dictionary definitions for balsam fir

balsam fir

noun
1.
a fir tree, Abies balsamea, of NE North America, that yields Canada balsam Also called balsam, Canada balsam. See also balm of Gilead
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