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

  • noun Any of several evergreen shrubs or small trees of the genus Myrica, especially M. cerifera of the southeast United States, having aromatic leaves and small berrylike fruit with a waxy coating.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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).

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

  • noun An evergreen bayberry, especially the common Myrica cerifera of the southern U.S. The wax covering its nutlets is used for making scented candles.

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

  • noun any shrub or small tree of the genus Myrica with aromatic foliage and small wax-coated berries


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