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bayberry

[bey-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈbeɪˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural bayberries.
1.
any of several often aromatic trees or shrubs of the genus Myrica, as M. pensylvanica, of northeastern North America, and M. californica, of the western U.S.
Compare wax myrtle.
2.
the berry of such a plant.
3.
bay4 (def 2).
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; bay4 + berry
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British Dictionary definitions for bay berry

bayberry

/ˈbeɪbərɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
any of several North American aromatic shrubs or small trees of the genus Myrica, that bear grey waxy berries: family Myricaceae See also wax myrtle
2.
Also called bay rum tree. a tropical American myrtaceous tree, Pimenta racemosa, that yields an oil used in making bay rum
3.
the fruit of any of these plants
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