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balsam

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈbɒl.səm/  us   /ˈbɑːl-/
a pleasant-smelling substance used as the base for medical or beauty treatments: a balsam shampoo anything believed to heal the body or mind (= make it well again): Great literature is balsam to the soul.
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