balsam of Peru


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n balsam of Peru dark brown syrupy balsam from the Peruvian balsam tree used especially in dressing wounds and treating certain skin diseases
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Balsam of Peru a reddish brown, syrupy balsam, obtained from a Central American tree (Myroxylon Pereiræ and used as a stomachic and expectorant, and in the treatment of ulcers, etc. It was long supposed to be a product of Peru.
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In literature:

Balsam of Peru or resin ointment spread on gauze should be applied to broken chilblains.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
A subsequent dressing of Balsam Peru is healing.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
Dry and repeat several times, then apply several coats of balsam of Peru.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
When the whole is dry, cover it with two or three coatings of the Balsam of Peru.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
Those found in commerce are the balsam of Peru, balsam of Tolu, liquid storax and liquidambar.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
Balsam of copaiva or of Peru.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
If healing is tardy, add 10 grains balsam of Peru to the ounce of ointment.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Balsam of Peru A sufficiency.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
This balsam is procured by making incisions into the trunk of a tree which flourishes in Tolu and Peru.
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd