noun Etymology: Middle English myrre, from Old English, from Latin myrrha, from Greek, of Semitic origin; akin to Arabic murr myrrh Date: before 12th century a yellowish-brown to reddish-brown aromatic gum resin with a bitter slightly pungent taste obtained from a tree (especially Commiphora abyssinica of the family Burseraceae) of eastern Africa and Arabia; also a mixture of myrrh and labdanum

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  • MYRRH — (Heb. מוֹר, mor), one of the most important perfumes of ancient times. It is referred to 11 times in the Bible, more than any other perfume. The Hebrew, mor, refers to its bitter taste (mar, bitter ); the root is common to the various Semitic… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Myrrh — Myrrh, n. [OE. mirre, OF. mirre, F. myrrhe, L. myrrha, murra, Gr. ?; cf. Ar. murr bitter, also myrrh, Heb. mar bitter.] A gum resin, usually of a yellowish brown or amber color, of an aromatic odor, and a bitter, slightly pungent taste. It is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • myrrh — (n.) O.E. myrre, from L. myrrha (also source of Du. mirre, Ger. Myrrhe, Fr. myrrhe, It., Sp. mirra), from Gk. myrrha, from a Semitic source (Cf. Akkadian murru, Hebrew mor, Arabic murr myrrh ), from a root meaning was bitter …   Etymology dictionary

  • myrrh — myrrh; myrrh·ic; …   English syllables

  • myrrh — [mʉr] n. [ME mirre < OE myrre & OFr mirre, both < L myrrha < Gr < Ar murr, myrrh, bitter] 1. a fragrant, bitter tasting gum resin exuded from any of several plants of Arabia and E Africa, used in making incense, perfume, etc. 2. any… …   English World dictionary

  • Myrrh — MYRRH, æ, sieh Smyrna …   Gründliches mythologisches Lexikon

  • myrrh — [mə: US mə:r] n [U] [Date: 800 900; : Latin; Origin: myrrha, from Greek] a substance that comes from trees and is used for making ↑perfume and ↑incense …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • myrrh — [ mɜr ] noun uncount a sticky brown substance with a sweet smell used for making PERFUME, INCENSE, and medicine …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • myrrh — ► NOUN ▪ a fragrant gum resin obtained from certain trees and used in perfumery, medicines, and incense. ORIGIN Greek murra, of Semitic origin …   English terms dictionary

  • Myrrh — For the record label, see Myrrh Records. Commiphora myrrha tree, one of the primary trees from which myrrh is harvested. Myrrh (pronounced /ˈmɜr/) is the aromatic oleoresin of a number of small, thorny tree species of the genus Commiphora,… …   Wikipedia

  • myrrh — myrrhed, adj. myrrhic, adj. /merr/, n. an aromatic resinous exudation from certain plants of the genus Myrrhis, esp. M. odorata, a small spiny tree: used for incense, perfume, etc. [bef. 900; ME, OE myrre < L myrrha < Gk mýrra Akkadian murru;… …   Universalium

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