myrrh

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Myrrh.

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Old English myrre, from Latin myrrha, from Ancient Greek μύῤῥα(múrrha), from Semitic. Compare Arabic مُرّ(murr, myrrh, literally bitterness), Hebrew מור \ מֹר(mōr, myrrh, literally bitterness).

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myrrh ‎(usually uncountable, plural myrrhs)

  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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