Pronunciation: (bäm'uv-gil'ē-ud), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/balm-of-gilead.html on line 77 [key]
1. any of several plants of the genus Commiphora, esp. C. opobalsamum and C. meccanensis, which yield a fragrant oleoresin.
2. Also called Mecca balsam. the resin itself, a turbid yellow, green, or brownish-red water-insoluble gluey liquid, used chiefly in perfumery.
3. a hybrid North American poplar, Populus gileadensis, cultivated as a shade tree.
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