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Princeton's WordNet

  1. myrrh, gum myrrh, sweet cicely(noun)

    aromatic resin that is burned as incense and used in perfume


  1. myrrh(Noun)

    A red-brown resinous material, the dried sap of the Commiphora myrrha tree.

    Etymology: myrre, from myrrha, from μύρρα, from a Semitic root M-R-R meaning bitter. Compare مر, מר.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Myrrh(noun)

    a gum resin, usually of a yellowish brown or amber color, of an aromatic odor, and a bitter, slightly pungent taste. It is valued for its odor and for its medicinal properties. It exudes from the bark of a shrub of Abyssinia and Arabia, the Balsamodendron Myrrha. The myrrh of the Bible is supposed to have been partly the gum above named, and partly the exudation of species of Cistus, or rockrose

    Etymology: [OE. mirre, OF. mirre, F. myrrhe, L. myrrha, murra, Gr. ; cf. Ar. murr bitter, also myrrh, Heb. mar bitter.]


  1. Myrrh

    Myrrh is the aromatic resin of a number of small, thorny tree species of the genus Commiphora, which is an essential oil termed an oleoresin. Myrrh resin is a natural gum. It can also be ingested by mixing it with wine. When a tree wound penetrates through the bark and into the sapwood, the tree bleeds a resin. Myrrh gum, like frankincense, is such a resin. When people harvest myrrh, they wound the trees repeatedly to bleed them of the gum. Myrrh gum is waxy, and coagulates quickly. After the harvest, the gum becomes hard and glossy. The gum is yellowish, and may be either clear or opaque. It darkens deeply as it ages, and white streaks emerge. Myrrh gum is commonly harvested from the species Commiphora myrrha, which is native to Yemen, Somalia, Eritrea and eastern Ethiopia. Another farmed species is Commiphora molmol. The related Commiphora gileadensis, native to Eastern Mediterranean and particularly the Arabian Peninsula, is the biblically referenced Balm of Gilead, also known as Balsam of Mecca. Several other species yield bdellium and Indian myrrh. The oleo gum resins of a number of other Commiphora species are also used as perfumes, medicines, and incense ingredients. A lesser quality myrrh is bled from the tree Commiphora erythraea. Commiphora gileadensis oleo gum resin is known as opobalsamum, a name it shares with the gum resin bled from a species of parsnip, Opopanax opopanax.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Myrrh

    mėr, n. a bitter, aromatic, transparent gum, exuded from the bark of a shrub in Arabia.—adj. Myr′rhic.—ns. Myr′rhin, the fixed resin of myrrh; Myr′rhol, the volatile oil of myrrh. [O. Fr. mirre (Fr. myrrhe)—L. and Gr. myrrha—Ar. murr.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of myrrh in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of myrrh in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of myrrh in a Sentence

  1. Book of Proverbs:

    I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning.

  2. Seán O'Casey:

    The drama's altar isn't on the stage: it is candle-sticked and flowered in the box office. There is the gold, though there be no frankincense or myrrh; and the gospel for the day always The Play will Run for a Year. The Dove of Inspiration, of the desire for inspiration, has flown away from it; and on it's roof, now, the commonplace crow caws candidly.

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