myrrh

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Myrrh.

Etymology[edit]

Old English myrre, from Latin myrrha, from Ancient Greek μύρρα (múrrha), from a Semitic root M-R-R meaning bitter. Compare Arabic مُرّ (murr, bitter), Hebrew מֹר (mor, bitterness, acrimony).

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myrrh (usually uncountable, plural myrrhs)

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  1. (uncountable) A red-brown resinous material, the dried sap of a tree of the species Commiphora myrrha.
    • 1916, James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Macmillan Press Ltd, paperback, p. 98)
      The glories of Mary held his soul captive: spikenard and myrrh and frankincense, symbolising the preciousness of God's gifts to her soul, rich garments, symbolising her royal lineage, her emblems, the lateflowering plant and lateblossoming tree, symbolising the agelong gradual growth of her cultus among men.

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