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Definition of myrrh

: 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

Examples of myrrh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The trial-and-error process involved ingredients like desert date oil, myrrh, cinnamon, and pine resin. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 May 2022 Rose de Chine utilizes yellow peonies grown in China’s Yunnan province alongside myrrh and cistus absolute to create an aura of mystery. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 19 Apr. 2022 Already, an 8-ounce can of Katy Perry’s De Soi Purple Lune drink, a fizzy tea with rose and myrrh that comes with outlandish health claims about balance and stress relief, can be yours for $6. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 19 Apr. 2022 The warm, sensual aromas include sandalwood, cinnamon, cedar, vanilla, and myrrh. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 Liquid myrrh was sometimes added to offset the tempera's rather pungent odor. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 3 Dec. 2021 The second, in red robes with green eyes, has darker skin and carries myrrh. Susan Dunne,, 4 Jan. 2022 Los tres reyes is believed to have brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to Bethlehem to honor the Baby Jesus. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 6 Jan. 2022 Then the wise men arrived, presenting their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Steve Sadin,, 22 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of myrrh

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for myrrh

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

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28 Jun 2022

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“Myrrh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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Kids Definition of myrrh

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


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Medical Definition of myrrh

: 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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