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Princeton's WordNet

  1. balsam fir, balm of Gilead, Canada balsam, Abies balsameanoun

    medium-sized fir of northeastern North America; leaves smell of balsam when crushed; much used for pulpwood and Christmas trees

  2. balm of Gileadnoun

    a fragrant oleoresin

  3. balm of gilead, Commiphora meccanensisnoun

    small evergreen tree of Africa and Asia; leaves have a strong aromatic odor when bruised

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Balm of Gilead

    1.The juice drawn from the balsam tree, by making incisions in its bark. Its colour is first white, soon after green; but when it comes to be old, it is of the colour of honey. The smell of it is agreeable, and very penetrating; the taste of it bitter, sharp and astringent. As little issues from the plant by incision, the balm sold by the merchants, is made of the wood and green branches of the tree, distilled by fire, which is generally adulterated with turpentine. Augustin Calmet

    It seems most likely to me, that the zori of Gilead, which we render in our English bible by the word balm, was not the same with the balsam of Mecca, but only a better sort of turpentine, then in use for the cure of wounds and other diseases. Humphrey Prideaux, Connection.


  1. Balm of Gilead

    Balm of Gilead was a rare perfume used medicinally, that was mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, and named for the region of Gilead, where it was produced. The expression stems from William Tyndale's language in the King James Bible of 1611, and has come to signify a universal cure in figurative speech. The tree or shrub producing the balm is commonly identified as Commiphora gileadensis. However, some botanical scholars have concluded that the actual source was a terebinth tree in the genus Pistacia.


  1. balm of gilead

    Balm of Gilead refers to a rare perfume used medicinally, that was mentioned in the Bible, and named for the region of Gilead, where it was produced. It also refers to various trees or plants such as poplar trees, especially Populus candicans, which produce resins similar in use to the balm. These resins have been used historically in traditional medicine for their soothing, healing properties. Over time, the phrase "balm of Gilead" has also come to symbolize a universal cure in figurative language.


  1. 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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of balm of gilead in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of balm of gilead in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6


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