People's Dictionary of the Bible
Balm (from balsam, Heb. tzŏrî, tĕsrî), occurs in Genesis 37:25; Genesis 43:11; Jeremiah 8:22; Jeremiah 46:11; Jeremiah 51:8; Ezekiel 27:17. It is an aromatic plant, or the resinous odoriferous sap or gum which exudes from such plants. It is impossible to identify it with any certainty. Hasselquist has given a description of the true balsam tree of Mecca. He says that the exudation from the plant "is of a yellow color, and pellucid. It has a fragrant smell, which is resinous, balsamic, and very agreeable. It is very tenacious or glutinous, sticking to the fingers, and may be drawn into long threads."
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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Balm'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/rpd/b/balm.html. 1893.