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[mur-tey-shuh s]
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  1. belonging to the Myrtaceae, the myrtle family of plants.Compare myrtle family.
  2. of, relating to, or resembling the myrtle.
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Origin of myrtaceous

1825–35; < New Latin Myrtace(ae) family name (New Latin, Latin myrt(us) myrtle + -aceae -aceae) + -ous
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  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Myrtaceae, a family of mostly tropical and subtropical trees and shrubs having oil glands in the leaves: includes eucalyptus, clove, myrtle, and guava
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Word Origin

C19: via New Latin from Latin myrtus myrtle, from Greek murtos
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