myrrh


myrrh
A luxury item produced from a plant grown in Arabia and India. It was a gift brought to the infant Jesus in the narrative of the Magi [[➝ magi]] (Matt. 2:11) and was used as a narcotic (Mark 15:23) and for embalming (John 19:39). Other uses may have been as an aphrodisiac (Prov. 7:17; Esther 2:12), but in Rome at the hour of judgement no one will buy it (Rev. 18:13), for there is no market for luxury goods. The later tradition that myrrh symbolized grief or mourning is not biblical.

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  • MYRRH — (Heb. מוֹר, mor), one of the most important perfumes of ancient times. It is referred to 11 times in the Bible, more than any other perfume. The Hebrew, mor, refers to its bitter taste (mar, bitter ); the root is common to the various Semitic… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Myrrh — Myrrh, n. [OE. mirre, OF. mirre, F. myrrhe, L. myrrha, murra, Gr. ?; cf. Ar. murr bitter, also myrrh, Heb. mar bitter.] A gum resin, usually of a yellowish brown or amber color, of an aromatic odor, and a bitter, slightly pungent taste. It is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • myrrh|y — «MUR ee», adjective. full of myrrh; fragrant with or as if with myrrh: »the myrrhy lands (Robert Browning) …   Useful english dictionary

  • myrrh — (n.) O.E. myrre, from L. myrrha (also source of Du. mirre, Ger. Myrrhe, Fr. myrrhe, It., Sp. mirra), from Gk. myrrha, from a Semitic source (Cf. Akkadian murru, Hebrew mor, Arabic murr myrrh ), from a root meaning was bitter …   Etymology dictionary

  • myrrh — myrrh; myrrh·ic; …   English syllables

  • myrrh — [mʉr] n. [ME mirre < OE myrre & OFr mirre, both < L myrrha < Gr < Ar murr, myrrh, bitter] 1. a fragrant, bitter tasting gum resin exuded from any of several plants of Arabia and E Africa, used in making incense, perfume, etc. 2. any… …   English World dictionary

  • Myrrh — MYRRH, æ, sieh Smyrna …   Gründliches mythologisches Lexikon

  • myrrh — [mə: US mə:r] n [U] [Date: 800 900; : Latin; Origin: myrrha, from Greek] a substance that comes from trees and is used for making ↑perfume and ↑incense …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • myrrh — [ mɜr ] noun uncount a sticky brown substance with a sweet smell used for making PERFUME, INCENSE, and medicine …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • myrrh — ► NOUN ▪ a fragrant gum resin obtained from certain trees and used in perfumery, medicines, and incense. ORIGIN Greek murra, of Semitic origin …   English terms dictionary

  • Myrrh — For the record label, see Myrrh Records. Commiphora myrrha tree, one of the primary trees from which myrrh is harvested. Myrrh (pronounced /ˈmɜr/) is the aromatic oleoresin of a number of small, thorny tree species of the genus Commiphora,… …   Wikipedia


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