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[bey-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈbeɪˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural bayberries.
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.
the berry of such a plant.
bay4 (def 2).
Origin of bayberry
First recorded in 1570-80; bay4 + berry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bayberry
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  • I wonder if she's ever told her husband about what I heard in the bayberry bushes.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Just as he came to the bayberry bushes on the other side he stumbled and fell flat.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The beach plum and bayberry bushes on the dunes were spangled with beady drops.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The path to the light-house led through a patch of bayberry bushes.

    Flint Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • bayberry tallow is excellent to rub on the sides of drawers.

    Woodworking for Beginners Charles Gardner Wheeler
  • And youve got such a lot of those nice, fat, bayberry candles.

  • I guess it was originally distilled from bayberry trees or something.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Neither did you tell me of the thistles that flank the bayberry hedge.

    The Garden, You, and I Mabel Osgood Wright
  • Now, Patty, about the tree; would you have bayberry candles on it, or only the electric lights?

    Patty's Social Season

    Carolyn Wells
  • I conveyed the bayberry wax to Abb de Chalut, with your compliments, as you desired.

British Dictionary definitions for bayberry


noun (pl) -ries
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
Also called bay rum tree. a tropical American myrtaceous tree, Pimenta racemosa, that yields an oil used in making bay rum
the fruit of any of these plants
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