myrrh, murr, murre

The words myrrh, murr, murre sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do myrrh, murr, murre sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: myrrh, murr, murre are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    A catarrh.

  2. :: noun

    A purr (produced by any animal).

  3. :: verb

    To purr.

  1. :: noun

    Any of several large auks of the genus Uria, having black plumage and white markings.

  1. :: noun

    An aromatic gum resin obtained from several trees and shrubs of the genus Commiphora of India, Arabia, and eastern Africa, used in perfume and incense. Also called balm of Gilead.

  2. :: noun

    See sweet cicely.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").