wax myrtle

noun
  1. an aromatic shrub, Myrica cerifera, of the southeastern U.S., bearing small berries coated with wax that is sometimes used in making candles.
Compare bayberry.

Origin of wax myrtle

First recorded in 1800–10
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wax myrtle

noun
  1. 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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