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wax myrtle

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

Origin of wax myrtle

First recorded in 1800–10
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  • Before the Revolution a favorite candle for burning at fine houses was made of the wax-myrtle berry.

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    Edward Eggleston


British Dictionary definitions for wax myrtle

wax myrtle

noun
  1. a shrub, Myrica cerifera, of SE North America, having evergreen leaves and a small berry-like fruit with a waxy coating: family MyricaceaeAlso called: bayberry, candleberry, waxberry
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