myrrh definition

  • noun:
    • An aromatic gum resin received from several bushes of genus Commiphora of Asia, Arabia, and east Africa, found in perfume and incense. Also called balm of Gilead.
    • See nice cicely.
    • A red-brown resinous material, the dried sap of this Commiphora myrrha tree.
    • A gum resin, frequently of a yellowish brown or amber shade, of an aromatic smell, and a bitter, slightly pungent flavor. Its valued for the smell and for its medicinal properties. It exudes from bark of a shrub of Abyssinia and Arabia, the Commiphora Myrrha (syn. Balsamodendron Myrrha) associated with family members Burseraceae, or from Commiphora abyssinica. The myrrh regarding the Bible is meant to own been partly the gum above named, and partly the exudation of species of Cistus, or rockrose.
    • A gummy resinous exudation from several species of Commiphora (Balsamodendron).
    • The sweet cicely of European countries. See Myrrhis.
    • fragrant resin which burned as incense and used in perfume

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