from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several evergreen shrubs or trees of the genus Myrtus, especially M. communis, an aromatic shrub native to the Mediterranean region and western Asia, having pink or white flowers and blue-black berries and widely cultivated as a hedge plant.
- n. See periwinkle2.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An evergreen shrub or small tree of the genus Myrtus, native to southern Europe and north Africa.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A species of the genus Myrtus, especially Myrtus communis. The common myrtle has a shrubby, upright stem, eight or ten feet high. Its branches form a close, full head, thickly covered with ovate or lanceolate evergreen leaves. It has solitary axillary white or rosy flowers, followed by black several-seeded berries. The ancients considered it sacred to Venus. The flowers, leaves, and berries are used variously in perfumery and as a condiment, and the beautifully mottled wood is used in turning.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Myrtus, primarily M. communis, the classic and favorite common myrtle.
- n. A name of various similar plants of other genera of the myrtle family (Myrtaceæ), and of other families, many unrelated.
- n. A broad-leafed variety of the true myrtle.
- n. The sweet-gale, Myrica Gale.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. widely cultivated as a groundcover for its dark green shiny leaves and usually blue-violet flowers
- n. any evergreen shrub or tree of the genus Myrtus
Middle English mirtille, from Old French, from Medieval Latin myrtillus, diminutive of Latin myrtus, from Greek murtos.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)