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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 of balsam fir
1795-1805
1795-1805, Americanism

balsam of fir

noun

Canada balsam

noun
1.
a pale yellow or greenish, slightly fluorescent, clear, viscous, bitter-tasting, water-insoluble liquid, having a pleasant, aromatic, pinelike odor, and solidifying on exposure to air: obtained from the balsam fir, Abies balsamea, and used chiefly for mounting objects on microscope slides, in the manufacture of fine lacquers, and as a cement for lenses.
Also called Canada turpentine, balsam of fir.
Origin
1810-20, Americanism
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  • The balsam-fir, with its elastic branches and thick flat needles, is the best of all.

    Little Rivers Henry van Dyke
  • A pillow stuffed with balsam-fir was another of the presents.

    Just Sixteen. Susan Coolidge
  • One of the most important trees for the trailer to know is the balsam-fir, for of this the best of outdoor beds are made.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
  • In shape the tree is like our Christmas-trees—in fact, many Christmas-trees are balsam-fir.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
  • The odor of a smouldering bough of balsam-fir hung in the air—warm, spicy, soporific.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • This tree is good for thatching a lean-to when balsam-fir is not to be found, and its bark can be used in the way of shingles.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
British Dictionary definitions for balsam-fir

Canada balsam

noun
1.
a yellow transparent resin obtained from the balsam fir. Because its refractive index is similar to that of glass, it is used as an adhesive in optical devices and as a mounting medium for microscope specimens
2.
another name 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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