balm of Gileadbalm of Gil·e·ad
- a small evergreen tree (Commiphora opobalsamum) of the bursera family native to Asia and Africa
- the resinous juice of this tree, used in ancient times in an aromatic ointment
- anything healing or soothing
- balsam fir
- balsam poplar
Origin of balm of Gileadin allusion to Jeremiah 8:22
balm of Gilead
- a. Any of several resinous trees or shrubs of the genus Commiphora, especially C. gileadensis, of northeastern Africa and Arabia.b. Any of several North American poplar trees having aromatic, resinous buds, especially the balsam poplar and the hybrid species Populus &botx;jackii.c. The aromatic resin of any of these plants.
- A shrubby plant (Cedronella canariensis) in the mint family, native to Madeira and the Canary Islands, having fragrant leaves and pink flowers.
Origin of balm of GileadAfter Gilead, known for its balm.