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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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.Stories of American Life and Adventure|Edward Eggleston
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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