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Definition of "myrrh" []

  • 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. (noun)
  • See sweet cicely. (noun)
  • Any of several burseraceous trees and shrubs of the African and S Asian genus Commiphora, esp C. myrrha, that exude an aromatic resin (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The resin obtained from such a plant, used in perfume, incense, and medicine (noun)

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Use "myrrh" in a sentence
  • "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."