myrtle family
Myrtaceae Myrtaceae prop. n. A natural family of trees and shrubs yielding fragrant oils, including the myrtles, eucalyptus, clove, allspice, and guava; the {myrtle family}.

Syn: family {Myrtaceae}, myrtle family. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • myrtle family — noun trees and shrubs yielding a fragrant oil • Syn: ↑Myrtaceae, ↑family Myrtaceae • Hypernyms: ↑dicot family, ↑magnoliopsid family • Member Holonyms: ↑Myrtales, ↑order Myrta …   Useful english dictionary

  • myrtle family — the plant family Myrtaceae, characterized by mostly tropical trees and shrubs having aromatic, simple, usually opposite leaves, clusters of flowers, and fruit in the form of a berry or capsule, and including allspice, clove, eucalyptus, guava,… …   Universalium

  • wax-myrtle family — noun constituting the order Myricales • Syn: ↑Myricaceae, ↑family Myricaceae • Hypernyms: ↑dicot family, ↑magnoliopsid family • Member Holonyms: ↑Myricales, ↑order Myrica …   Useful english dictionary

  • myrtle — [mʉrt′ l] n. [ME mirtille < OFr myrtille < ML myrtillus, dim. < L myrtus < Gr myrtos, myrtle, prob. < Sem; ? akin to Ar murr, myrrh] 1. any of a genus (Myrtus) of plants of the myrtle family, with evergreen leaves, white or pinkish …   English World dictionary

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  • myrtle — /merr tl/, n. 1. any plant of the genus Myrtus, esp. M. communis, a shrub of southern Europe having evergreen leaves, fragrant white flowers, and aromatic berries: anciently held sacred to Venus and used as an emblem of love. Cf. myrtle family. 2 …   Universalium

  • Myrtle — /merr tl/, n. a female given name. * * * Any of the evergreen shrubs in the genus Myrtus (family Myrtaceae). Authorities differ widely over the number of species included; most occur in South America, while some are found in Australia and New… …   Universalium

  • myrtle — noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English mirtille, from Anglo French, from Medieval Latin myrtillus, from Latin myrtus, from Greek myrtos Date: 1562 1. a. a common evergreen bushy shrub (Myrtus communis of the family Myrtaceae, the …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • family Myricaceae — noun constituting the order Myricales • Syn: ↑Myricaceae, ↑wax myrtle family • Hypernyms: ↑dicot family, ↑magnoliopsid family • Member Holonyms: ↑Myricales, ↑order Myric …   Useful english dictionary

  • family Myrtaceae — noun trees and shrubs yielding a fragrant oil • Syn: ↑Myrtaceae, ↑myrtle family • Hypernyms: ↑dicot family, ↑magnoliopsid family • Member Holonyms: ↑Myrtales, ↑order Myrtales …   Useful english dictionary

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