Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various shrubs of the genus Myrica, having aromatic foliage and small round fruits with a waxy covering.
  • noun The fruit of these trees.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The fruit of the bay tree or Laurus nobilis.
  • noun A tree of the West Indies related to the myrtle (Pimenta acris).
  • noun The fruit of Myrica cerifera (wax myrtle); the shrub itself; -- called also candleberry tree.
  • noun a fragrant green wax obtained from the bayberry or wax myrtle; -- called also myrtle wax.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[bay + berry.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

bay +‎ berry

Examples

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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