Dictionary: MYR'I-CIN – MYS'TER-IZE

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The substance which remains after bees-wax, or the wax of the Myrica cordifolia, of South Africa, has been digested in alcohol. It is in fact one of the proximate principles of wax. It differs from Cerin, the other proximate principle, in being incapable of being converted into a soap by caustic potassa. Dr. John.

MYR-I-OL'I-TER, n. [Gr. μυριος and λιτρα, a pound.]

A French measure of capacity containing ten thousand liters, or 610, 280 cubic inches.


Relating to a myriologue.


One who composes or singe a myriologue, usually or always a female.

MYR'I-O-LOGUE, n. [Gr. μυριος, extreme, and λογος.]

In modern Greece, an extemporary funeral song composed and sung on the death of a friend.

MYR-I-O-RA'MA, n. [Gr. μυριος, infinite, and οραω, to see.]

Views of objects in numbers indefinite; sections so contrived that they may be combined into pictures to an indefinite extent.

MYR'MI-DON, n. [Gr. μυρμηδων, a multitude of ants; W. myr; qu. so called from their numbers or from their industry.]

Primarily, the Myrmidons are said to have been a people on the borders of Thessaly, who accompanied Achilles to the war against Troy. Hence the name came to signify soldier of a rough character, a desperate soldier or ruffian.


Like or pertaining to myrmidons.

MY-ROB'A-LAN, n. [L. myrobolanum; Gr. μυροβαλανος; μυρον, unguent, and βαλανος, a nut.]

A dried fruit which is a drupe, brought from the East Indies, of which there are several sorts, all slightly purgative and astringent, but not now used in medicine. They are the produce of several species of Terminalia, and of one species at least of Phyllanthus. The term Myrobalan then comprehends several different fruits. Parr. Encyc.

MY-ROP'O-LIST, n. [Gr. μυρον, unguent, and πωλεω, to sell.]

One that sells unguents. [Little used.]

MYRRH, n. [mer; L. myrrha; Gr. μυρῥα or σμυρνα; Sp. and It. mirra; Fr. myrrhe; Arabic, from مَرً marra, to be bitter. Class Mr.]

An inspissated sap that comes in the form of drops or globules of various colors and sizes, of a pretty strong but agreeable smell, and of a bitter taste. It is imported from Egypt, but chiefly from the southern or eastern parts of Arabia. As a medicine, it is a good stomachic, antispasmodic and cordial. It is the produce of a species of Balsamodendron. Parr. Fourcroy. Encyl

MYR'RHINE, a. [L. myrrhinus.]

Made of the myrrhine stone, or fluorid of calcium, i. e. fluor spar. [See Murrine.] Milton.

MYR'TI-FORM, a. [L. myrtus, myrtle, and form.]

Resembling myrtle or myrtle berries.

MYR'TLE, n. [myrtus; Gr. μυρτος.]

A plant of the genus Myrtus, of several species. The common myrtle rises with a shrubby, upright stem, eight or ten feet high. Its branches form a close full head, closely garnished with oval lanceolate leaves. It has numerous small, pale flowers from the axillas, singly on each footstalk. Encyc.


The fruit of the myrtle.

MY'RUS, n.

A species of sea-serpent, of the anguillifo kind. Dict. Nat. Hi

MY-SELF', pron.

  1. A compound of my and self, used after I, to express emphasis, marking emphatically the distinction between the speaker and another person; as, I myself will do it; I have done it myself.
  2. In the objective case, the reciprocal of I. I will defend myself.
  3. It is sometimes used without I, particularly in poetry. Myself shall mount the rostrum in his favor. Addison.


Pertaining to the interpretation of mysteries.

MYS'TA-GOGUE, n. [mys'tagog; Gr. μυστης, one initiated in mysteries, and αγωγος, a leader.]

  1. One who interprets mysteries. Bailey.
  2. One that keeps church relics, and shows them to strangers. Bailey.


Containing a mystery or enigma. B. Jonson.

MYS'TE-RI-ARCH, n. [Gr. μυστηριον, mystery, and αρχος, chief.]

One presiding over mysteries. Johnson.

MYS-TE'RI-OUS, a. [See Mystery.]

  1. Obscure; hid from the understanding; not clearly understood. The birth and connections of the man with the iron mask in France are mysterious, and have never been explained..
  2. In religion, obscure; secret; not revealed or explained hidden from human understanding, or unintelligible; beyond human comprehension, Applied to the divine counsels and government, the word often implies something awfully obscure; as, the ways of God are often mysterious.


  1. Obscurely; enigmatically.
  2. In a manner wonderfully obscure and unintelligible.


  1. Obscurity; the quality of being hid from the understanding, and calculated to excite curiosity or wonder.
  2. Artful perplexity.


To express in enigmas.