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.
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- 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
The best myrrh comes from the species Commiphora abyssinica.
This mountain of myrrh is supposed to signify Mount Moriah, on which the temple was built, where incense was daily burnt to the honour of God.
13 A bundle of myrrh is my wellbeloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.
And Sandy brought myrrh, which is a gift of water and death.
Since ancient times the fragrant plant secretion known as myrrh has been used in incense, perfume, and even as a painkiller.
Moreover, they offer gifts in keeping with Christ's greatness: "gold, as to the great King; they offer up incense as to God, because it is used in the Divine Sacrifice; and myrrh, which is used in embalming the bodies of the dead, is offered as to Him who is to die for the salvation of all" (Gregory, Hom. x in Evang.).
Our myrrh is the same drug that was used by the ancients under the above name.
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Another is a rangy assemblage of vicious thorns, called myrrh, a second gift of the Magi.
The holy hill (as some observe) is here called both a mountain of myrrh, which is bitter, and a hill of frankincense, which is sweet, for there we have occasion both to mourn and rejoice; repentance is a bitter sweet.
MONDAY, Dec. 21 (HealthDay News) -- The resin of trees in the Middle East -- known as myrrh