Balsam of Gilead


  • Balm of Gilead. Balsam
    Balm of Gilead. Balsam
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Balsam of Gilead the resin of the tree Balsamodendron Gileadense, formerly esteemed as an antiseptic, the name originating in the belief that this is the substance mentioned in the Bible as found in Gilead, and called in the English translation 'balm.'
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Hairy Balm of Gilead. Balsam Hairy Balm of Gilead. Balsam


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. basme—L. balsamum. See Balsam.


In literature:

Poplar, Balsam, or Balm of Gilead, 118.
"Getting Acquainted with the Trees" by J. Horace McFarland
The resin of this species is the common Canada Balsam, which is often substituted for the Balm of Gilead.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 2 of 2)" by George Warburton
The balsam poplar is the balm of Gilead of the early settlers, the Tacamahac of the Northern Indians.
"Trees Worth Knowing" by Julia Ellen Rogers
Then there came a caravan of Ishmaelites from Gilead; their camels carried spices, balsam, and myrrh to Egypt.
"The History of Antiquity, Vol. I (of VI)" by Max Duncker