the bark of the wax myrtle.
the bark of the bayberry.

Origin of myrica

1700–10; < Latin < Greek myrī́kē a shrub, the tamarisk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for myrica

Historical Examples of myrica

  • The Myrica (“Gale” or bog-myrtle) is very abundant, and a useful preventive against the moth if placed in wardrobes or drawers.

  • They saw the valuable wax-berry, (Myrica cerifera), yielding its clusters of white wax-coated fruit.

  • Myrica Gale, which I had not before met with in Westbothnia, grew sparingly in the marshes.

    Lachesis Lapponica

    Carl von Linn

  • Frisius appears in this legend as the maker of the map, with Mercator and Myrica as the engravers.

  • Bayberry-tallow is greenish in color, and is obtained by boiling the berries of the bayberry, or wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera).

British Dictionary definitions for myrica



the dried root bark of the wax myrtle, used as a tonic and to treat diarrhoea

Word Origin for myrica

C18: via Latin from Greek murikē the tamarisk
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