One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fragrant gum resin obtained from certain trees and used, especially in the Near East, in perfumery, medicines, and incense.
The trees belong to the genus Commiphora, family Burseraceae, in particular C. myrrha
- ‘Her incenses are acacia, frankincense, myrrh, catnip, cedar, cinnamon, and juniper.’
- ‘The story is told of Jesus being born in Bethlehem and being visited by wise men from the east that brought presents of gold, incense, and myrrh.’
- ‘I've also been experimenting with Autumnal incense, using myrrh and dried oak leaves (gathered last Halloween) as a base, and trying out various other ingredients.’
- ‘In addition, herbs such as corydal, corydalis, mastic, myrrh, and bupleurum offer strong pain-relieving properties.’
- ‘I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.’
- ‘When skin is particularly rough, dry, mature or damaged, use the essential oils from jasmine, rose, frankin-cense, myrrh, and/or helichrysm, a curry-scented herb.’
- ‘On ancient altars perfumes were offered to the gods, while in the kitchens of antiquity the same scents - saffron, cinnamon, rose, myrrh - might be used to flavour food and wine.’
- ‘Jesus is offered wine mixed with myrrh, a mild analgesic mixture.’
- ‘Her domains extended to far off lands, and her trading ships had traversed the coastlines of Africa and Arabia, bringing to Egypt untold riches in gold, incense, myrrh, turquoise and copper.’
- ‘And unlike the guests of the first Christmas gathering, who went bearing frankincense, gold and myrrh, today's holiday partygoers are more likely to tote along cookies, candy and booze.’
- ‘It is a blend of calming sandalwood, frankincense and myrrh, which give it a mystical, resinous quality, and exotic jasmine and rose for romantic sensuality.’
- ‘The nativity, a scene that invokes images of a child in swaddling clothes, gold, frankincense, and myrrh.’
- ‘It has about 32 different grades of rose oil and lots and lots of natural resins, like myrrh.’
- ‘Other ingredients such as propolis, myrrh, tea tree and echinacea can help slow bacterial growth, strengthen gum tissue and prevent inflammation.’
- ‘Frankincense and myrrh are made from resins from trees growing only in that area.’
- ‘Essential oils that help in these cases are tea tree, sage, peppermint, thyme, myrrh, lemon, clove and green tea extract.’
- ‘They found the Christ child in a stable, worshipped him, and presented their gifts of gold, incense and myrrh.’
- ‘Who is this coming up from the desert like a column of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and incense made from all the spices of the merchant?’
- ‘What is all this business about camels and gold and frankincense and myrrh?’
- ‘They valued its trees which produced the aromatic gum resins frankincense and myrrh.’
Old English myrra, myrre, via Latin from Greek murra, of Semitic origin; compare with Arabic murr ‘bitter’.
- another term for sweet cicely
Late 16th century: from Latin myrris, from Greek murris.
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