myrrh

 /mɜː/

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
myrrh /mɝ/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Plant Biologya sweet-smelling, bitter substance from Arabian and E African plants, used chiefly in making incense.
  2. Plant Biologya plant giving this substance.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
myrrh  (mûr), 
n. 
  1. Plant Biologyan aromatic resinous exudation from certain plants of the genus Myrrhis, esp. M. odorata, a small spiny tree: used for incense, perfume, etc.
Etymology:
  • Greek mýrra Akkadian murru; akin to Hebrew mōr, Arabic murr
  • Latin myrrha
  • Middle English, Old English myrre bef. 900
myrrhed, adj. 
myrrhic, adj. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

myrrh /mɜː/ n
  1. any of several burseraceous trees and shrubs of the African and S Asian genus Commiphora, esp C. myrrha, that exude an aromatic resin
  2. the resin obtained from such a plant, used in perfume, incense, and medicine
Etymology: Old English myrre, via Latin from Greek murrha, ultimately from Akkadian murrū; compare Hebrew mōr, Arabic murr



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