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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Balm n.
 1. Bot. An aromatic plant of the genus Melissa.
 2. The resinous and aromatic exudation of certain trees or shrubs.
 3. Any fragrant ointment.
 4. Anything that heals or that mitigates pain. Balm for each ill.”
 Balm cricket Zool., the European cicada. --Tennyson.
 Balm of Gilead Bot., a small evergreen African and Asiatic tree of the terebinthine family (Balsamodendron Gileadense). Its leaves yield, when bruised, a strong aromatic scent; and from this tree is obtained the balm of Gilead of the shops, or balsam of Mecca. This has a yellowish or greenish color, a warm, bitterish, aromatic taste, and a fragrant smell. It is valued as an unguent and cosmetic by the Turks. The fragrant herb Dracocephalum Canariense is familiarly called balm of Gilead, and so are the American trees, Populus balsamifera, variety candicans (balsam poplar), and Abies balsamea (balsam fir).

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Crick·et n.  Zool. An orthopterous insect of the genus Gryllus, and allied genera. The males make chirping, musical notes by rubbing together the basal parts of the veins of the front wings.
 Note:The common European cricket is Gryllus domesticus; the common large black crickets of America are Gryllus niger, Gryllus neglectus, and others.
 Balm cricket. See under Balm.
 Cricket bird, a small European bird (Silvia locustella); -- called also grasshopper warbler.
 Cricket frog, a small American tree frog (Acris gryllus); -- so called from its chirping.