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balsamic (bal-SAM-ik) adjective

1. Fragrant.
2. Soothing or healing.
3. Relating to balsam.

[From Latin balsamum, from Greek balsamon.]

Balsam is any of several aromatic plant resins. Balsamic vinegar, named for its supposed health-giving properties, is a dark, sweet and sour vinegar traditionally made in the Modena region in Italy. It's made from white grapes and matured in wooden casks over several years.

"Bussing my body with soft balsamic busses..."
Walt Whitman; Leaves of Grass; 1900.

See more usage examples of balsamic in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side. -Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE)

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