There appears to be an increasing confusion with the word “Balsamic”.
The word “Balsamic” within the UK appears to have a sole association with that of an Italian Vinegar.
The word “Balsamic” itself is not Italian, nor did it nor does it have a sole reference or right to apply it only to Italian vinegar products. Large scale marketing by Italian vinegar producers have attached themselves to this word as a descriptive of having a smooth product.
I must reiterate THAT IT IS NOT SOLEY FOR THE Italian vinegar market and that as a word can be used (like all words) to describe other products and produce.
The modern word “Balsamic” can today be understood to mean smooth (hence one can obtain (a smooth) Balsam aftershave and that the aftershave is indeed Balsamic if it should be smooth and/or be fragrant).
The origination of the word can be traced back to Middle English (balsamum) before the year 1000 and also to Old English (balzaman) . I have listed some of my research into the word Balsamic below
Before 1000; Middle English balsamum, balsaum, Old English balzaman Latin balsamum Greek bálsamon.
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British Dictionary definitions for balsamand
1.Any of various fragrant oleoresins, such as balm or tolu, obtained from several trees and shrubs and used as a base for medicines and perfumes
2.Any of various similar substances used as medicinal or ceremonialointments 3. Any of certain aromatic resinous turpentines See also Canada balsam
4. Any plant yielding balsam 5.Also called busy Lizzie. any of several balsaminaceous plants of thegenus Impatiens, esp I. balsamina, cultivated for its brightly colouredflowers 6.Anything healing or soothing
Word Origin and History for balsam c.1600, from balsam + -ic.
570s, "aromatic resin used for healing wounds and soothing pains," fromLatin balsamum "gum of the balsam tree" . There is an isolated
Old English reference from c.1000, and Middle English used basme, baume , from the French form of the word. As a type of flowering plant of the mpatiens family, it is attested from 1741. Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Balsam in Science
Any of several aromatic resins that flow from certain plants and that containconsiderable amounts of benzoic acid, cinnamic acid, or both, or theiresters. Balsams are used in perfumes and medicines.
BALSAM is from Latin balsamum; it is a gummy plant resin used for perfume.
BALSAMIC means fragrant.