• Any soothing oil or lotion, especially an aromatic one.

    "There is a balm in Gilead.... (Spiritual)"

  • A plant or tree yielding such substance.
  • Any of various aromatic plants of the genus Melissa, such as lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) or bee balm.
  • Any of various aromatic resins exuded from certain plants, especially trees of the genus Commiphora of Africa, Arabia and India and Myroxylon of South America.
  • (figuratively) Something soothing.

    "Classical music is a sweet balm for our sorrows."


  • (figuratively) To soothe; to mitigate.
  • (archaic) To anoint with balm, or with anything medicinal.

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