Bog myrtle
Myrtle Myr"tle (m[~e]r"t'l), n. [F. myrtil bilberry, prop., a little myrtle, from myrte myrtle, L. myrtus, murtus, Gr. my`rtos; cf. Per. m[=u]rd.] (Bot.) A species of the genus {Myrtus}, especially {Myrtus communis}. The common myrtle has a shrubby, upright stem, eight or ten feet high. Its branches form a close, full head, thickly covered with ovate or lanceolate evergreen leaves. It has solitary axillary white or rosy flowers, followed by black several-seeded berries. The ancients considered it sacred to Venus. The flowers, leaves, and berries are used variously in perfumery and as a condiment, and the beautifully mottled wood is used in turning. [1913 Webster]

Note: The name is also popularly but wrongly applied in America to two creeping plants, the blue-flowered periwinkle and the yellow-flowered moneywort. In the West Indies several myrtaceous shrubs are called myrtle. [1913 Webster]

{Bog myrtle}, the sweet gale.

{Crape myrtle}. See under {Crape}.

{Myrtle warbler} (Zo["o]l.), a North American wood warbler ({Dendroica coronata}); -- called also {myrtle bird}, {yellow-rumped warbler}, and {yellow-crowned warbler}.

{Myrtle wax}. (Bot.) See {Bayberry tallow}, under {Bayberry}.

{Sand myrtle}, a low, branching evergreen shrub ({Leiophyllum buxifolium}), growing in New Jersey and southward.

{Wax myrtle} ({Myrica cerifera}). See {Bayberry}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Bog myrtle — bog og (b[o^]g), n. [Ir. & Gael. bog soft, tender, moist: cf. Ir. bogach bog, moor, marsh, Gael. bogan quagmire.] [1913 Webster] 1. A quagmire filled with decayed moss and other vegetable matter; wet spongy ground where a heavy body is apt to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bog myrtle — bogbean ogbean n. a perennial plant of Europe and America ({Menyanthes trifoliata}) having racemes of white or purplish flowers and intensely bitter trifoliate leaves; often rooting at the water margin and spreading across the surface; called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bog-myrtle — trilapis pupalaiškis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pupalaiškinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Menyanthes trifoliata), paplitęs Europoje, Azijoje ir Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Menyanthes trifoliate angl. bog bean; bog …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • bog-myrtle — pajūrinis sotvaras statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Sotvarinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, prieskoninis, vaistinis augalas (Myrica gale), paplitęs Azijoje, Europoje, Šiaurės Amerikoje. Naudojamas maisto priedams (kvėpikliams) gaminti, iš jo… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • bog myrtle — /bɒg ˈmɜtl/ (say bog mertl) noun an aromatic marsh shrub, Myrica gale; sweet gale …   Australian English dictionary

  • bog myrtle. — See sweet gale. [1880 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • bog myrtle — noun a deciduous shrub of boggy places, with short upright catkins and aromatic grey green leaves. [Myrica gale.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • bog myrtle — noun perennial plant of Europe and America having racemes of white or purplish flowers and intensely bitter trifoliate leaves; often rooting at water margin and spreading across the surface • Syn: ↑water shamrock, ↑buckbean, ↑bogbean, ↑marsh… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bog myrtle. — See sweet gale. [1880 85] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Myrtle — Myr tle (m[ e]r t l), n. [F. myrtil bilberry, prop., a little myrtle, from myrte myrtle, L. myrtus, murtus, Gr. my rtos; cf. Per. m[=u]rd.] (Bot.) A species of the genus {Myrtus}, especially {Myrtus communis}. The common myrtle has a shrubby,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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