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bayberry

[bey-ber-ee, -buh-ree]
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noun, plural bay·ber·ries.
  1. 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.
  2. the berry of such a plant.
  3. bay4(def 2).
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Origin of bayberry

First recorded in 1570–80; bay4 + berry
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Examples from the Web for bayberry

Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for bayberry

bayberry

bay

noun plural -ries
  1. any of several North American aromatic shrubs or small trees of the genus Myrica, that bear grey waxy berries: family MyricaceaeSee also wax myrtle
  2. Also called: bay rum tree a tropical American myrtaceous tree, Pimenta racemosa, that yields an oil used in making bay rum
  3. the fruit of any of these plants
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