from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An evergreen shrub (Myrica cerifera) of the southeast United States, having usually serrate leaves and small berrylike fruit with a waxy coating.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. (Myrica cerifera). See Bayberry.
- n. See Bayberry.
from The 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).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any shrub or small tree of the genus Myrica with aromatic foliage and small wax-coated berries
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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.