• (chiefly Britain) A sweet-smelling oil or resin derived from various plants.
  • (chiefly Britain, figuratively) Something soothing.

    "Classical music is a sweet balsam for our sorrows"

  • A balsam fir Abies balsamea.
  • (chiefly Britain) A soothing ointment.
  • The balsam family of flowering plants (Balsaminaceae), which includes Impatiens and Hydrocera.
  • (chiefly Britain) A plant or tree yielding such substance.
  • A flowering plant of the genus Impatiens.
  • Canada balsam, a turpentine obtained from the resin of balsam fir.


  • (transitive) To treat or anoint with balsam.

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