balm [-s] n

ME basme < L.; see balsam, n.

  1. Relief; comfort (see Jeremiah 8:22).
  2. Pollen; [fig.] fragrance; bouquet; floral aroma; scent of flower pollen.
  3. Medicine; remedy; soothing cream; pain-relieving ointment.
  4. Emollient; perfume; essence; sweet-smelling unguent; oil used to prepare the dead for burial (see Genesis 37:25).
  5. Nectar; nourishing liquid; revitalizing fluid.