wax myrtle

noun
an aromatic shrub, Myrica cerifera, of the southeastern U.S., bearing small berries coated with wax that is sometimes used in making candles.
Compare bayberry.


Origin:
1800–10

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wax myrtle
 
n
bayberry, candleberry, Also called: waxberry a shrub, Myrica cerifera, of SE North America, having evergreen leaves and a small berry-like fruit with a waxy coating: family Myricaceae

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Example sentences
Shrubs include wax myrtle, red bay and groundsel tree.
Wax myrtle, often entangled with greenbrier, make parts of the area impenetrable.
It also helps to control encroaching vegetation, such as wax myrtle, that grows quickly and can overtake other vegetation.
Evergreens with high levels of volatile tree oil are: cedar, yaupon, wax myrtle and rosemary.
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