myrrh

[ mur ]
/ mɜr /

noun

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

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Origin of myrrh

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

OTHER WORDS FROM myrrh

myrrhed, adjectivemyrrhic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for myrrh

myrrh
/ (mɜː) /

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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