American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An evergreen shrub (Myrica cerifera) of the southeast United States, having usually serrate leaves and small berrylike fruit with a waxy coating.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The bayberry, Myrica cerifera: so named from its wax-bearing nuts and shining myrtle-like leaves. Sometimes candleberry and tallow-shrub. See Myrica (with cut). The wax-myrtle of California is chiefly M. Californica, a close erect evergreen shrub, or a tree even 50 feet high.
- n. An evergreen bayberry, especially the common Myrica cerifera of the southern U.S. The wax covering its nutlets is used for making scented candles.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Myrica cerifera). See Bayberry.
- n. (Bot.) See Bayberry.
- n. any shrub or small tree of the genus Myrica with aromatic foliage and small wax-coated berries
“We passed through dense flats of turkey oak and slash pine and yaupon, through open barrens of wire grass and saw grass, until finally, in a place where wax myrtle thickets hemmed in the road to left and right, the horse slowed and walked, blowing hard, head down.”
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