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 for balsam fir
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Balsam \Bal"sam\ (b[add]l"sam), n. [L. balsamum the balsam tree
     or its resin, Gr. ba`lsamon. See Balm, n.]
     1. A resin containing more or less of an essential or
        volatile oil.
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     Note: The balsams are aromatic resinous substances, flowing
           spontaneously or by incision from certain plants. A
           great variety of substances pass under this name, but
           the term is now usually restricted to resins which, in
           addition to a volatile oil, contain benzoic and
           cinnamic acid. Among the true balsams are the balm of
           Gilead, and the balsams of copaiba, Peru, and Tolu.
           There are also many pharmaceutical preparations and
           resinous substances, possessed of a balsamic smell, to
           which the name balsam has been given.
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     2. (Bot.)
        (a) A species of tree ({Abies balsamea).
        (b) An annual garden plant ({Impatiens balsamina) with
            beautiful flowers; balsamine.
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     3. Anything that heals, soothes, or restores.
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              Was not the people's blessing a balsam to thy blood?
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     Balsam apple (Bot.), an East Indian plant ({Momordica
        balsamina), of the gourd family, with red or
        orange-yellow cucumber-shaped fruit of the size of a
        walnut, used as a vulnerary, and in liniments and
     Balsam fir (Bot.), the American coniferous tree, Abies
        balsamea, from which the useful Canada balsam is derived.
     Balsam of copaiba. See Copaiba.
     Balsam of Mecca, balm of Gilead.
     Balsam of Peru, a reddish brown, syrupy balsam, obtained
        from a Central American tree ({Myroxylon Pereir[ae] and
        used as a stomachic and expectorant, and in the treatment
        of ulcers, etc. It was long supposed to be a product of
     Balsam of Tolu, a reddish or yellowish brown semisolid or
        solid balsam, obtained from a South American tree
        ({Myroxylon toluiferum). It is highly fragrant, and is
        used as a stomachic and expectorant.
     Balsam tree, any tree from which balsam is obtained, esp.
        the Abies balsamea.
     Canada balsam, Balsam of fir, Canada turpentine, a
        yellowish, viscid liquid, which, by time and exposure,
        becomes a transparent solid mass. It is obtained from the
        balm of Gilead (or balsam) fir ({Abies balsamea) by
        breaking the vesicles upon the trunk and branches. See
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fir \Fir\ (f[~e]r), n. [Dan. fyr, fyrr; akin to Sw. furu, Icel.
     fura, AS. furh in furhwudu fir wood, G. f["o]hre, OHG. forha
     pine, vereheih a sort of oak, L. quercus oak.] (Bot.)
     A genus ({Abies) of coniferous trees, often of large size
     and elegant shape, some of them valued for their timber and
     others for their resin. The species are distinguished as the
     balsam fir, the silver fir, the red fir, etc. The
     Scotch fir is a Pinus.
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     Note: Fir in the Bible means any one of several coniferous
           trees, including, cedar, cypress, and probably three
           species of pine. --J. D. Hooker.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  balsam fir
      n 1: medium-sized fir of northeastern North America; leaves
           smell of balsam when crushed; much used for pulpwood and
           Christmas trees [syn: balsam fir, balm of Gilead,
           Canada balsam, Abies balsamea]

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