wax myrtle



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

Nearby words

  1. wax insect,
  2. wax jack,
  3. wax light,
  4. wax moth,
  5. wax museum,
  6. wax palm,
  7. wax paper,
  8. wax plant,
  9. wax tablet,
  10. wax tree

Compare bayberry.

Origin of wax myrtle

First recorded in 1800–10

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wax myrtle


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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