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Topic: DRUGS, MEDICINES

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: baume, from Latin balsamum; BALSAM

balm

noun
     
balm [uncountable and countable]
1MDDCB an oily liquid with a strong pleasant smell that you rub into your skin, often to reduce pain:
lip balm
2 literary something that gives you comfort
balm for/to
A drive through the countryside is balm for a weary soul.
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