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myrrh 1

 (mûr)
n.
An aromatic gum resin obtained from several trees and shrubs of the genus Commiphora of northeastern Africa and Arabia, used in perfume, incense, and medicinal preparations.

[Middle English mirre, from Old English myrrha, from Latin, from Greek murrha, of Semitic origin; see mrr in Semitic roots.]

myrrh 2

 (mûr)
[Latin myrrhis, an aromatic umbellifer (perhaps sweet cicely), from Greek murrhis, from murrha, myrrh (resin from trees of the genus Commiphora); see myrrh1.]

myrrh

(mɜː)
n
1. (Plants) any of several burseraceous trees and shrubs of the African and S Asian genus Commiphora, esp C. myrrha, that exude an aromatic resin. Compare balm of Gilead1
2. (Elements & Compounds) the resin obtained from such a plant, used in perfume, incense, and medicine
3. (Plants) another name for sweet cicely1
[Old English myrre, via Latin from Greek murrha, ultimately from Akkadian murrū; compare Hebrew mōr, Arabic murr]

myrrh

(mɜr)

n.
1. an aromatic, bitter gum resin obtained from certain Arabian and E African woody plants and used chiefly in making incense and perfumes.
2. any of these plants, esp. a small thorny tree, Commiphora myrrh, of the bursera family.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English myrre < Latin myrrha < Greek mýrra « Akkadian murru; akin to Hebrew mōr, Arabic murr]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.myrrh - aromatic resin that is burned as incense and used in perfumemyrrh - aromatic resin that is burned as incense and used in perfume
Commiphora myrrha, myrrh tree - tree of eastern Africa and Asia yielding myrrh
gum resin - a mixture of resin and gum
Translations
مر
mirra
mirho
mürr
myrha
מור
mirha
mirha
myrra
ミル
murramyrrha
myrra
mirra
измирна
myrra
mür
hất nhựa thơm

myrrh

[mɜːʳ] Nmirra f

myrrh

nMyrr(h)e f
References in classic literature ?
Must it not be to that famous elephant, with jewelled tusks, and redolent with myrrh, which was led out of an Indian town to do honor to Alexander the Great?
Empress, the way is readie, and not long, Beyond a row of Myrtles, on a Flat, Fast by a Fountain, one small Thicket past Of blowing Myrrh and Balme; if thou accept My conduct, I can bring thee thither soon.
Ay, as willingly as when, in the Gulf of Lyons, I flung over my merchandise to lighten the ship, while she laboured in the tempest robed the seething billows in my choice silks perfumed their briny foam with myrrh and aloes enriched their caverns with gold and silver work
if he could go back even for a brief month of it, to feel again the brush of leafy branches against his naked hide; to smell the musty rot of dead vegetation--frankincense and myrrh to the jungle born; to sense the noiseless coming of the great carnivora upon his trail; to hunt and to be hunted; to kill
makes itself a nest of frankincense, and myrrh, and other spices,
This is myrrh and rosemary to keep the other sweet.
A Star, not seen before, in heaven appearing, Guided the Wise Men thither from the East, To honour thee with incense, myrrh, and gold; By whose bright course led on they found the place, Affirming it thy star, new-graven in heaven, By which they knew thee King of Israel born.
And so when we have anointed him with myrrh, and set a garland of wool upon his head, we shall send him away to another city.
involved himself in a discursive address from Mrs Sprodgkin, revolving around the result that she regarded tea and sugar in the light of myrrh and frankincense, and considered bread and butter identical with locusts and wild honey.
Myrrh essential oil This essential oil has strong antiinflammatory properties that can help improve skin tone, firmness, and elasticity as well as reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Home to a thriving market for myrrh (murr) and frankincense (luban) stretching back thousands of years, Southern Arabia has long been known for its rich fragrances.
Griffiths, Myrrh is a dark fantastic saga about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse--with a twist.