[bey-ber-ee, -buh-ree]

noun, plural bay·ber·ries.

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.

Nearby words

  1. bayamón,
  2. bayar,
  3. bayar, celâl,
  4. bayard,
  5. baybars i,
  6. bayelsa,
  7. bayern,
  8. bayes' theorem,
  9. bayesian,
  10. bayeux

Origin of bayberry

First recorded in 1570–80; bay4 + berry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bayberry



noun plural -ries

any of several North American aromatic shrubs or small trees of the genus Myrica, that bear grey waxy berries: family MyricaceaeSee 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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