[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.

Origin of bayberry

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

Examples from the Web for bayberry

Historical Examples of bayberry

  • 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.


    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



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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