from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An aromatic gum resin obtained from several trees and shrubs of the genus Commiphora of India, Arabia, and eastern Africa, used in perfume and incense. Also called balm of Gilead.
- n. See sweet cicely.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A red-brown resinous material, the dried sap of the Commiphora myrrha tree.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A gum resin, usually of a yellowish brown or amber color, of an aromatic odor, and a bitter, slightly pungent taste. It is valued for its odor and for its medicinal properties. It exudes from the bark of a shrub of Abyssinia and Arabia, the Commiphora Myrrha (syn. Balsamodendron Myrrha) of the family Burseraceae, or from the Commiphora abyssinica. The myrrh of the Bible is supposed to have been partly the gum above named, and partly the exudation of species of Cistus, or rockrose.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gummy resinous exudation from several species of Commiphora (Balsamodendron).
- n. The sweet cicely of Europe. See Myrrhis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. aromatic resin that is burned as incense and used in perfume
Middle English mirre, from Old English myrrha, from Latin, from Greek murrha, of Semitic origin; see mrr in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English myrre, from Latin myrrha, from Ancient Greek μύρρα (myrrha), from a Semitic root M-R-R meaning bitter. Compare Arabic مُرّ (murr, "bitter"), Hebrew מֹר (mor, "bitterness, acrimony"). (Wiktionary)