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What do Christians usually call camphor gum resin?




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Answer: myrrh

The word myrrh derives from the Greek myrrha, which in turn derives from the Hebrew murr, bitter. It denotes the gummy, red-brown sap of the Commiphora myrrha tree, indigenous to Somalia and Ethopia, which is used in perfume and incense.

Note that terebinth gum resin is also called frankincense.

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Camphor, the volatile clear or white aromatic solid with chemical formula C10H16O, once used as a moth repellent and still used in Indian cooking, comes from Cinnamomum camphora, of the laurel family.

Myrrh, a dark resinous mixture of substances used as incense, comes from Commiphora myrrha, a different tree.
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