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myrrh

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noun \ˈmər\

Simple Definition of myrrh

  • : a sticky brown substance that comes from trees, that has a sweet smell, and that is used in products that give the air or people's bodies a pleasing smell

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of myrrh

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of myrrh

Middle English myrre, from Old English, from Latin myrrha, from Greek, of Semitic origin; akin to Arabic murr myrrh


First Known Use: before 12th century


MYRRH Defined for Kids

myrrh

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noun \ˈmər\

Definition of myrrh for Students

  1. :  a sticky brown fragrant material obtained from African and Arabian trees and used especially in perfumes or formerly in incense




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myrrh

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noun \ˈmər\

Medical Definition of myrrh

  1. :  a yellowish to reddish brown aromatic bitter gum resin that is obtained from various trees (genus Commiphora) especially of East Africa and Arabia (as C. myrrha or C. abyssinica) and has been used in the manufacture of dentifrices and as a carminative and a stimulating tonic—compare bdellium




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