myrrh

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n myrrh aromatic resin that is burned as incense and used in perfume
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name for Ivory Soap was inspired by a verse from the Bible. Harley Proctor got though of the name when the minister read from Psalms 45:8, "All thy garments smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia, out of the ivory palaces whereby they have made thee glad."
    • n Myrrh A gum resin, usually of a yellowish brown or amber color, of an aromatic odor, and a bitter, slightly pungent taste. It is valued for its odor and for its medicinal properties. It exudes from the bark of a shrub of Abyssinia and Arabia, the Commiphora Myrrhasyn. Balsamodendron Myrrha) of the family Burseraceae, or from the Commiphora abyssinica. The myrrh of the Bible is supposed to have been partly the gum above named, and partly the exudation of species of Cistus, or rockrose.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Harley Proctor found the name "Ivory" for his soap in the Bible. He was in church reading the line, "All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad." The original name of the soap was P&G White Soap.
    • n myrrh A gummy resinous exudation from several species of Commiphora (Balsamodendron). The largest part, and the proper myrrh, is derived from C. Myrrha, a spiny shrub with scanty foliage, small green axillary flowers, and small oval fruits. The myrrh of Scripture was doubtless largely obtained from this plant. For a second kind, see besabol. A third is from the same plant as the balm of Gilead (which see, under balm). These plants are found in parts of Arabia and eastern Africa. Myrrh is an astringent tonic. It is also used for incense, perfumery, and minor purposes. The myrrh carried by the Ishmaelites into Egypt is thought to have been the same as ladanum. See Commiphora, and compare bdellium.
    • n myrrh The sweet cicely of Europe. See Myrrhis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 3 Magi:(or Wise Men) and their gifts: Melchoir, "king of light," offered Gold, Gaspar ,"or the white one," offered frankincense, and Balthazar, "lord of treasures," offered myrrh.
    • n Myrrh mėr a bitter, aromatic, transparent gum, exuded from the bark of a shrub in Arabia
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mirre, OF. mirre, F. myrrhe, L. myrrha, murra, Gr. ; cf. Ar. murr, bitter, also myrrh, Heb. mar, bitter
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. mirre (Fr. myrrhe)—L. and Gr. myrrha—Ar. murr.

Usage

In literature:

It is better to sacrifice myrrh and frankincense than virtue and wisdom, thoughts than deeds.
"The Germ" by Various
Wilt thou not lie like myrrh between my breasts And satisfy thy lonely lips with love?
"The House of Rimmon" by Henry Van Dyke
The others brought sweet-smelling ointments, frankincense and myrrh.
"The King Nobody Wanted" by Norman F. Langford
Gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
"The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays" by Walter Ben Hare
This bag, or purse, is understood to contain the Queen's offering of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
"A Righte Merrie Christmasse" by John Ashton
Yet Sabae's lords before this babe unfold Their treasures, offering incense, myrrh, and gold.
"In The Yule-Log Glow, Vol. IV (of IV)" by Harrison S. Morris
In ancient times none but slaves collected frankincense and myrrh.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
Myrrh and steel were given at intervals.
"An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses" by William Withering
Such times have been not since the light that led The holy Elders with the gift of myrrh.
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
The drink which they offer him on the Cross is, in Matthew, vinegar and gall, in Mark, wine and myrrh.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
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In poetry:

Spices and bales of plunder,
Argosied over the sea?
Tapestry woven of wonder,
And myrrh from Araby?
"The Poet's Town" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
The first am I,—the fair and the white,
I ought to be seen when the sun shines bright!
But, alas! with all my spices and myrrh,
No girl now likes me,—I please not her.
"Epiphanias" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Say, shall we yield Him, In costly devotion,
Odors of Edom and offerings divine?
Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean,
Myrrh from the forest and gold from the mine?
"Hymn 8. Epiphany" by Reginald Heber
Odors from blossoming worlds unknown
Across my path are blown;
Thy robes trail hither myrrh and spice
From farthest paradise;
I walk through Thy fair universe with Thee,
And sun me in Thine immortality.
"Foretaste" by Lucy Larcom
Temples had sunk to earth, and other smoke
O'er riven altars broke
Than curled from myrrh and nard,
When like a God among
Arm'd hosts and unarm'd throng
Thee I discern'd, implored, and caught one brief regard.
"Aletheia To Phraortes" by Walter Savage Landor
The third king gave his gift, and quoth:
"Spikenard and myrrh to Thee I bring,
And with these twain would I most fain
Anoint the body of my King;
So may their incense sometime rise
To plead for me in yonder skies!"
"The Three Kings Of Cologne" by Eugene Field

In news:

In 1976, an unknown 15-year-old Nashville girl named Amy Grant signed with Myrrh Records, an upstart record label, which released her surprisingly successful debut the next year.
We already know gold is good – but what's so great about frankincense and myrrh.
gold, and frankincense , and myrrh.
But what are frankincense , and myrrh.
Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh .
A Chemical Eye on Frankincense and Myrrh .
Psychic Gushikawa shuffled her Tarot cards, sprayed her head and shoulders with frankincense and myrrh to clear her energy, and contemplated the upcoming presidential election.
Bitter Bark, Myrrh And Secrets.
Bitter Bark , Myrrh And Secrets.
The annual list of zany products marketed as "one-of-a-kind" Christmas-gift ideas is a tradition that goes back to frankincense and myrrh.
Dark plum and myrrh open the composition, fading into a floral bouquet of lily, night blooming jasmine and musk.
You find gold, incense, myrrh-green shades, stars, peace, love, royal blue and purpure.
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