\▐ból-sәm\ n [L balsamum, fr. Gk balsamon, prob. of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew bāshām balsam] (before 12c) Oleoresinous exudations from plants which are characterized by softness or a semi liquid consistency. They consist of mixtures of resin, essential oils, and other compounds. Typical balsams are Canada, gurjun, Peru, tolu, and storax balsams. (Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary, 11th edn (2004). Merriam-Webster, Inc., Springfield, Massachusetts). See Oleoresin.