Definitions for balm of gilead
balsam fir, balm of Gilead, Canada balsam, Abies balsamea(noun)
medium-sized fir of northeastern North America; leaves smell of balsam when crushed; much used for pulpwood and Christmas trees
balm of Gilead(noun)
a fragrant oleoresin
balm of gilead, Commiphora meccanensis(noun)
small evergreen tree of Africa and Asia; leaves have a strong aromatic odor when bruised
Balm of Gilead
Balm of Gilead was originally a healing compound made from the resinous gum of a bush which grew plentifully in the area of Gilead. Its dried fruit was called Carpobalsamum, and the dried twigs Xylobalsamum. This compound was exported widely. The Balm of Gilead is mentioned several times in the Bible. More recently, a similar product is made from the resinous gum of the North American Balm of Gilead tree tree or from related species such as the balsam poplar, which is also sometimes called Balm of Gilead. Populus × jackii, also known as P. × gileadensis, is the hybrid between balsam poplar and the eastern cottonwood, occurring occasionally where the two parental species' ranges overlap. This hybrid is also sometimes planted as a shade tree, and occasionally escapes from cultivation. P. balsamifera is also known as P. tacamahaca and P. trichocarpa, and is widespread in boreal North America. The name Populus candicans has been variously used for either P. balsamifera or P. × jackii; it is currently considered a synonym of P. balsamifera.
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