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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

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Recent Examples on the Web The gifts —gold, frankincense and myrrh — symbolized his royalty, divinity and mortality. Silvia Foster-frau,, "San Antonio’s Puerto Ricans celebrate Three Kings Day," 5 Jan. 2020 According to the Gospel of Matthew, the magi brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus in Bethlehem. al, "When should I take my Christmas tree down?," 4 Jan. 2020 The gift-giving theme at the Nativity continues with the wise men from the east, who according to the Gospel of Matthew brought the expensive gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to honor Jesus. al, "Christmas is about giving, and the importance of a gift, pastors say," 24 Dec. 2019 To mix the pigment, ground-up ancient bodies were mixed with pitch and myrrh. National Geographic, "Europe's morbid 'mummy craze' has been an obsession for centuries," 10 Dec. 2019 The Gospel of Matthew tells that the magi (the three wise men) follow a star to Bethlehem to bring gifts (gold (turmeric), frankincense, and myrrh) to Jesus, born the king of the Jews. The Rev. Ellin Dize,, "Dize: Jesus is the reason for the season and Christmas is an inclusive holiday," 30 Nov. 2019 But that's not its only hero ingredient: It's bolstered by brightening sandalwood oil, clarifying myrrh resin extract, and calendula. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "How CBD Can Save Your Skin," 15 Apr. 2019 The concrete-like soap is made from a variety of oils that have been cast in a silicone mold and combined with a myrrh resin to give it a concrete-like color and texture. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Tetra Soap brings Brutalism to personal hygiene," 22 May 2018 These cleansing baths involved chanting prayers, rubbing frankincense and eucalyptus oils and sea salt on their bodies, and burning myrrh, the newspaper reported. Chris Harris,, "Mass. Women Allegedly Burned, Disfigured 5-Year-Old in Voodoo Ritual to 'Rid Her of a Demon'," 5 Feb. 2018

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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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15 Jan 2020

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“Myrrh.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


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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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