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name for any balsambalsam
, fragrant resin obtained from various trees. The true balsams are semisolid and insoluble in water, but they are soluble in alcohol and partly so in hydrocarbons.
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 resin and for several plants, e.g., the bee balmbee balm,
name for several herbs, especially Melissa officinalis and Monarda didyma, both typical perennials of the family Labiatae (mint family) named for their fragrance, attractive to bees and hummingbirds. Melissa [Gr.
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A concave cliff or precipice that forms a shelter.
A soothing or healing medication.


1. any of various oily aromatic resinous substances obtained from certain tropical trees and used for healing and soothing
2. any plant yielding such a substance, esp the balm of Gilead
3. an aromatic Eurasian herbaceous plant, Melissa officinalis, having clusters of small fragrant white two-lipped flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
4. any aromatic or oily substance used for healing or soothing


(Block And List Manipulation) An extensible language, developed by Malcolm Harrison in 1970, with LISP-like features and ALGOL-like syntax, for CDC 6600.

["The Balm Programming Language", Malcolm Harrison, Courant Inst, May 1973].
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It's these stories that strengthen the bonds within closManager Delyth Owen said: "We've collected stories about missions and mishaps, tears and triumphs, balmy evenings on the beach and gales with horizontal rain.
Forecasters said the balmy weather will remain for much of the week ahead but rain is likely too.
During those few balmy spring weeks the fruit stalls fill up with fragrant fruits; downy-skinned peaches, purple plums and sweet apricots taste of sunshine and are abundantly available during this time.
Millions of Britons are set to bask in glorious barbecue weather this weekend as the mini-heatwave brings more balmy temperatures and widespread sunshine.
Los Angeles' balmy winter turned bitter cold Friday, with weekend temperatures forecast that could break 50-year-old records, endanger the homeless and cause $1 billion damage to the citrus industry.
With New York's best-loved lions, Patience and Fortitude, keeping their usual staid vigil in front of the Public Library, more than 150 partygoers cut loose on a balmy late-June evening directly behind it in Bryant Park, as guests of The Judicial Title Insurance Agency.
Although the materials superconduct only at less than about 135 kelvins, that's balmy compared with the temperatures near absolute zero required by some other superconductors.
The ground hog may have seen his shadow, but balmy weather persists in New England, and the arrival of Magic Hat hiPA confirms it.
In addition to setting the scene, the surrounding greenery, blue sky, and balmy light can also be regarded as signs of the somewhat paradoxical naturalness of the men fraternizing and hooking up, caught--or about to be--in the calm eye of gathering hurricane AIDS.
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As it climbs, the balmy vapor chills and condenses (changes from vapor to liquid) into clouds and rain.
The plan of the park is based on the strategic movements made in chess, with 16 inlaid chess tables provided for al fresco games in the balmy Californian climate (Glendale Chess Club was part of the client group).