Canada balsam

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Canada balsam medium-sized fir of northeastern North America; leaves smell of balsam when crushed; much used for pulpwood and Christmas trees
    • n Canada balsam yellow transparent exudate of the balsam fir; used as a transparent cement in optical devices (especially in microscopy) and as a mounting medium
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Canada balsam 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.
    • Canada balsam See under Balsam.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Canada balsam a kind of turpentine obtained from the Balm of Gilead fir
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. balsamum—Gr. balsamon; prob. of Semitic origin.

Usage

In literature:

Porcupine, Canada, adventure with a; description of; his armor of quills; at Balsam Lake.
"Locusts and Wild Honey" by John Burroughs
Dammar is now used as a substitute for Canada balsam.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 492, June 6, 1885" by Various
I dare say it will bear preservation in Canada balsam.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Canada balsam and 2 oz.
"French Polishing and Enamelling" by Richard Bitmead
From these the healing Canada balsam is obtained.
"On the Trail" by Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
Lastly, the minerals are mounted on glass, with or without covers, by means of Canada balsam.
"Scientific American, Volume XXXVI., No. 8, February 24, 1877" by Various
Glycerine mounts must be closed, which may be done with Canada balsam as already described.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
Take unsized paper and apply a coat of varnish made of equal parts of Canada balsam and oil of turpentine.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
From this source the "Canada Balsam" gum of commerce is taken.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Then lay on immediately with a pencil, a varnish made by dissolving one ounce of Canada balsam in an equal quantity of spirit of turpentine.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Bark yielding Canada balsam from blisters.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
As early as 1783, a trader in western Canada, shot by a rival, called for Turlington's Balsam to stop the bleeding.
"Old English Patent Medicines in America" by George B. Griffenhagen
Some photographers prefer, instead of using wax, to apply a solution of Canada balsam in spirits of turpentine.
"Notes and Queries, Number 216, December 17, 1853" by Various
Flexible collodion, containing Canada balsam and castor oil, does not crack, but, on the other hand, does not contract.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
A varnish formed of Canada balsam, dissolved in turpentine, supplies a most valuable means of making paper transparent.
"Paper and Printing Recipes" by J. Sawtelle Ford
Canada balsam and crude turpentine are familiar examples of the first class.
"The Chemistry of Plant Life" by Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
They may then be picked up with a camel's-hair brush and mounted in Canada balsam.
"Freshwater Sponges, Hydroids & Polyzoa" by Nelson Annandale
BALSAM, CANADA, is a diuretic, and may be given in slippery elm, in doses of one table-spoonful for diseases of the kidneys.
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd
The wing is removed and mounted upon a slide in Canada balsam, which should be preferably rather thick.
"Directions for Collecting and Preserving Insects" by C. V. Riley
Canada balsam will not only add to the effectiveness of this ink, but it will also improve its working qualities.
"Practical Lithography" by Alfred Seymour
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