WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
balm /bɑm/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. a sweet-smelling oil or ointment used for healing, soothing, or relieving pain.
  2. something that soothes or comforts:Her friendship was a balm to his hurt feelings.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
balm  (bäm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. any of various oily, fragrant, resinous substances, often of medicinal value, exuding from certain plants, esp. tropical trees of the genus Commiphora.
  2. Plant Biologya plant or tree yielding such a substance.
  3. any aromatic or fragrant ointment.
  4. aromatic fragrance;
    sweet odor:the balm of orange blossoms.
  5. Plant Biologyany of various aromatic plants of the mint family, esp. those of the genus Melissa, as M. officinalis(lemon balm), having ovate lemon-scented leaves used as a seasoning.
  6. anything that heals, soothes, or mitigates pain:the balm of friendship in troubled times.
balmlike′, adj. 
  • Latin balsamum balsam; with orthographic l pedantically restored
  • Anglo-French basme, bal(s)me, ba(u)me; Old French
  • Middle English basme, ba(u)me 1175–1225
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged salve, unguent, lotion, emollient.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

balm /bɑːm/ n
  1. any of various oily aromatic resinous substances obtained from certain tropical trees and used for healing and soothing
    See also balsam
  2. any plant yielding such a substance, esp the balm of Gilead
  3. something comforting or soothing

  4. Also called: lemon balm an aromatic Eurasian herbaceous plant, Melissa officinalis, having clusters of small fragrant white two-lipped flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
  5. a pleasant odour
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French basme, from Latin balsamum balsam

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