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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.


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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