There are 2 main definitions of myrrh in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

myrrh1

Syllabification: myrrh
Pronunciation: /mər
 
/

noun

A fragrant gum resin obtained from certain trees and used, especially in the Near East, in perfumery, medicines, and incense.
  • The trees belong to the genus Commiphora, family Burseraceae, in particular C. myrrha
Example sentences
  • They valued its trees which produced the aromatic gum resins frankincense and myrrh.
  • Other ingredients such as propolis, myrrh, tea tree and echinacea can help slow bacterial growth, strengthen gum tissue and prevent inflammation.
  • Who is this coming up from the desert like a column of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and incense made from all the spices of the merchant?

Origin

Old English myrra, myrre, via Latin from Greek murra, of Semitic origin; compare with Arabic murr 'bitter'.

Derivatives

myrrhy

1
adjective

Definition of myrrh in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

There are 2 main definitions of myrrh in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

myrrh2

Syllabification: myrrh
Pronunciation: /mər
 
/

noun

Another term for cicely.

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin myrris, from Greek murris.

Definition of myrrh in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.