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Saturday, July 19, 2014

balmy

\BAH-mee\ , adjective;
1.
mild and refreshing; soft; soothing: balmy weather.
2.
having the qualities of balm; aromatic; fragrant: balmy leaves.
3.
producing balm: balmy plants; a balmy shrub.
4.
Informal. crazy; foolish; eccentric.
Quotes:
On and off and on and off until he was laughing at the magic of the running water and the chicken and bread that lay balmy in his stomach.
-- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun, 2006
Imagine now, while the curtain's falling, that it's a fine balmy day and the smell of clams coming in from the bay.
-- Henry Miller, Black Spring, 1936
Origin:
Balmy is the adjectival form of balm, which originally referred to an aromatic resin and came to mean anything that heals. Balmy entered English in the late 1400s.
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