basil balm

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n basil balm fragrant European mint having clusters of small violet-and-white flowers; naturalized especially in eastern North America
    • n basil balm perennial herb of North America (New York to Illinois and mountains of Alaska) having aromatic leaves and clusters of yellowish-pink balls
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Usage

In literature:

Marjoram, which is similarly employed, comes next, then follow balm, fennel, and basil.
"Culinary Herbs: Their Cultivation Harvesting Curing and Uses" by M. G. Kains
The tufted basil, pun-provoking thyme, And fragrant balm, and sage of sober hue.
"The Testimony of the Rocks" by Hugh Miller
Thus there is Balm for sympathy, Bay for glory, Foxglove for sincerity, Basil for hatred.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
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