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A fragrant gum resin obtained from certain trees and used, especially in the Near East, in perfumery, medicines, and incense. In early use (the word is recorded from Old English) it is almost always found with reference to the offering of myrrh made by the Magi to the infant Jesus, a gift which prefigured his death and entombment.

Subjects: Biblical Studies.

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