- a fragrant, bitter-tasting gum resin exuded from any of several plants of Arabia and E Africa, used in making incense, perfume, etc.
- any of these plants; esp., any of several small trees (genus Commiphora) of the bursera family
Origin of myrrhMiddle English mirre ; from Old English myrre and amp; Old French mirre, both ; from Classical Latin myrrha ; from Classical Greek ; from Arabic murr, myrrh, bitter
An aromatic gum resin obtained from several trees and shrubs of the genus Commiphora of northeastern Africa and Arabia, used in perfume, incense, and medicinal preparations.
Origin of myrrhMiddle English mirre, from Old English myrrha, from Latin, from Greek murrha, of Semitic origin; see mrr in Semitic roots.
See sweet cicely.
Origin of myrrhLatin myrrhis, an aromatic umbellifer (perhaps sweet cicely), from Greek murrhis, from murrha, myrrh (resin from trees of the genus Commiphora); see myrrh1.
(usually uncountable, plural myrrhs)
- (uncountable) A red-brown resinous material, the dried sap of a tree of the species Commiphora myrrha.