myrrh

[mur]

noun

an aromatic resinous exudation from certain plants of the genus Myrrhis, especially M. odorata, a small spiny tree: used for incense, perfume, etc.

Nearby words

  1. myrmecophily,
  2. myrmidon,
  3. myrna,
  4. myrobalan,
  5. myron,
  6. myrrha,
  7. myrtaceous,
  8. myrtle,
  9. myrtle beach,
  10. myrtle family

Origin of myrrh

before 900; Middle English, Old English myrre < Latin myrrha < Greek mýrraAkkadian murru; akin to Hebrew mōr, Arabic murr

Related formsmyrrhed, adjectivemyrrh·ic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for myrrh

myrrh

noun

any of several burseraceous trees and shrubs of the African and S Asian genus Commiphora, esp C. myrrha, that exude an aromatic resinCompare balm of Gilead (def. 1)
the resin obtained from such a plant, used in perfume, incense, and medicine
another name for sweet cicely (def. 1)

Word Origin for myrrh

Old English myrre, via Latin from Greek murrha, ultimately from Akkadian murrū; compare Hebrew mōr, Arabic murr

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Word Origin and History for myrrh

myrrh

n.

Old English myrre, from Latin myrrha (also source of Dutch mirre, German Myrrhe, French myrrhe, Italian, Spanish mirra), from Greek myrrha, from a Semitic source (cf. Akkadian murru, Hebrew mor, Arabic murr "myrrh"), from a root meaning "was bitter."

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