Xylobalsamum

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Xylobalsamum (Med) The dried twigs of a Syrian tree (Balsamodendron Gileadense).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n xylobalsamum The wood, or particularly the dried twigs, of the balm-of-Gilead tree, Commiphora Opobalsamum. The wood is heavy, pinkish, and fragrant. A decoction of it, as also of the fruit (carpobalsamum), is given in the East as a carminative, etc.
    • n xylobalsamum The balsam obtained by decoction from this wood.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Xylobalsamum zī-lō-bal′sa-mum the dried twigs of the balm-of-Gilead tree.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. xy`lon wood + the balsam tree, balsam; cf. L. xylobalsamum, balsam wood, Gr.