Definition of 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 Balsamodendron Myrrha. 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.
gum myrrh, sweet cicely
resin (part of speech: noun)
coal tar, mineral pitch, gum ammoniac, agar, camphor, gutta-percha, asphalt, guaiacum, chicle, gum shellac, pitch, frankincense, rosin, oleoresin, amber, lacquer, copalite, mastic, algin, tar, shellac, resin, varnish, gum, balsam, ambergris, bitumen, sealing wax
- In the middle of the terrace there was a small ivory bed covered with lynx skins, and cushions made with the feathers of the parrot, a fatidical animal consecrated to the gods; and at the four corners rose four long perfuming- pans filled with nard, incense, cinnamomum, and myrrh. - "Salammbo", Gustave Flaubert.
- That title, recently substituted for the former term of " myrrh- master," is still applied to the faculty in England. - "Maitre Cornelius", Honore de Balzac.
- Marshmallows, or tincture of myrrh, will heal a wound much quicker than any greasy preparation. - "The American Reformed Cattle Doctor", George Dadd.