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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
  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. 
 
  {False  myrrh}.  See  the  Note  under  {Bdellium}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Cistus 
  n  :  small  to  medium-sized  evergreen  shrubs  of  southern  Europe 
  and  North  Africa  [syn:  {Cistus},  {genus  Cistus}] 




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