Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A deciduous, eastern North American shrub (Myrica pensylvanica) having aromatic foliage and small globose fruits with a waxy covering used for making fragrant candles.
  • n. The fruit of this tree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Common name of the plants in the genus Myrica, a North American shrub with aromatic leather leaves and waxy berries.
  • n. A tropical American shrub with aromatic leaves that are used in the preparation of bay rum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fruit of the bay tree or Laurus nobilis.
  • n. A tree of the West Indies related to the myrtle (Pimenta acris).
  • n. The fruit of Myrica cerifera (wax myrtle); the shrub itself; -- called also candleberry tree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fruit of the bay-tree, or Laurus nobilis.
  • n. The wax-myrtle, Myrica cerifera, and its fruit.
  • n. In Jamaica, the Pimenta acris, from which an oil is obtained which is used in the manufacture of bay-rum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. West Indian tree; source of bay rum
  • n. deciduous aromatic shrub of eastern North America with grey-green wax-coated berries

Etymologies

bay5 + berry.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
bay +‎ berry (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Dr. Fuja continued, "We are particularly pleased to include in the formulation the powerful, marquis super-antioxidant yum berry (yang-mei in Chinese), also known as red bayberry, which is harvested from one hundred-year-old trees, and the flavonoid-rich concord grape, which has been shown to contain potent antioxidants that may protect against oxidative stress and reduce the risk of free radical damage and chronic diseases."

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  • Some appropriate shrubs are summersweet, Virginia sweetspire, southern bayberry and winterberry holly.

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  • He attempted to bring back the game's naturalist approach by using only native plants—pitch pine, shad, scrub oak, bayberry and wild blueberry—and incorporating structural elements of the old racetrack.

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  • (RNS) Smoke wafts upward as the Rev. Mike Peters blows on the Knick-Knick, a sacred herbal blend of spearmint leaves, red willow bark, sage, sweet grass and bayberry bush.

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  • Soft music plays, crystal chandeliers sparkle like diamonds in the dimmed light and candles fill the air with the seasonal scent of bayberry.

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  • She found her friend outside, crouched down in front of a large bayberry bush.

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  • Candles in holiday colors, scented cranberry and bayberry and vanilla.

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  • As Betty MacDonald says, "We had quite a few candles but we learned that a wick is a wick even if a candle is three feet tall and bayberry."

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  • He would then clean his hands with a facial towel that he kept stowed below the counter, marinated in a coffee can with a sweet gelatine made with a secret recipe based on a dilution of bayberry essence and hydrogen peroxide.

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  •  It was a bayberry scented candle like the kind they used to light when they made love, but they didn't make love anymore under any circumstances so the candles were used for other things.

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  • in nature there are few sharp lines: there are areas of
    primrose
    more or less dispersed;
    disorderly orders of bayberry; between the rows
    of dunes
    irregular swamps of reeds
    though not reeds alone, but grass bayberry, yarrow, all . . .
    predominantly reeds:

    - A. R. Ammons, 'Corsons Inlet'.

    August 31, 2009