Balsam of fir

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Balsam of fir Canada turpentine, a yellowish, viscid liquid, which, by time and exposure, becomes a transparent solid mass. It is obtained from the balm of Gilead (or balsam) fir (Abies balsamea) by breaking the vesicles upon the trunk and branches. See Balm.
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Usage

In literature:

The balsam fir was his tree of hallowed memory.
"Rolf In The Woods" by Ernest Thompson Seton
The balsam-fir, with its elastic branches and thick flat needles, is the best of all.
"Little Rivers" by Henry van Dyke
One of the most pleasing uses to which the balsam fir is put is as Christmas trees.
"The School Book of Forestry" by Charles Lathrop Pack
Jack went with her as far as he dared, and stood under a wind-tortured balsam fir and watched her out of sight.
"The Lookout Man" by B. M. Bower
Something like thirty years ago a few trees of black spruce, a few trees of European larch and a few trees of balsam fir were planted here.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
The dirt and sand may be kept out of the crack by filling it with balsam of fir, or pine pitch.
"Rational Horse-Shoeing" by John E. Russell
How fragrant the fresh balsam of fir was, and the tired girl soon fell asleep.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Take best gum myrrh, eight ounces; cayenne, balsam of fir, and nutmegs, of each one ounce; good brandy, two quarts.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Canada balsam, thus obtained, is a clear liquid from a fir tree of the same name.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
Lashing her horse over a strange trail, Rosalind Benham came to a thicket of gnarled fir-balsam and scrub oak that barred her way completely.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Sitting on the grass one day in the shade of some fir-balsams on a slope several miles down the river, Sheila looked at Duncan with a smile.
"The Trail to Yesterday" by Charles Alden Seltzer
The clear, crisp air dried our clothes before nightfall, and we slept sound, breathing in the clean smell of the fir balsams.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
The balsam fir and the silver spruce are the evergreen poems of the wild.
"Wild Life on the Rockies" by Enos A. Mills
Perhaps the most reliable of all is dry and seasoned balsam fir; either the species in the North woods or in the Rockies will do.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
This can plainly be seen in the cross-section of balsam fir, Fig.
"Wood and Forest" by William Noyes
Ozone sweeps gently through the forest, impregnated with the perfume of fir, balsam, cedar, pine and flowers.
"Think" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
The leaves on the terminal shoots spread into a flat spray, two-ranked, like those of a balsam fir.
"Trees Worth Knowing" by Julia Ellen Rogers
If these fail, give a table-spoonful of fir balsam daily.
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd
The red-breasted nuthatches have a curious habit of smearing the entrance to the hole with fir-balsam or pitch.
"Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
The odor of the balsam fir is drawn out and spread far by the heat.
"Minstrel Weather" by Marian Storm
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In news:

Researchers study effects of balsam woolly adelgid on Fraser firs.
Homes are filled with smells of fresh cookies, pies and balsam firs.
Inhaling the heady aroma of fresh-cut evergreens, Ken Ottman walked through his crop of firs, pines and balsams on his busy Christmas tree lot and admired the survivors.
Thought of Christmas trees was far, far away, and every fir and balsam out there had grown up a little more untamed.
That number is due to the large amount of Balsam Fir Trees that grow in the state and offer the perfect branches for wreath making.
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