bayberry
noun Date: 1575 1. any of several wax myrtles; especially a hardy shrub (Myrica pensylvanica) of coastal eastern North America bearing dense clusters of small berries covered with grayish-white wax 2. the fruit of a bayberry

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(Myrica cerifera)


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  • Bayberry — Bay ber*ry, n. (Bot.) (a) The fruit of the bay tree or {Laurus nobilis}. (b) A tree of the West Indies related to the myrtle ({Pimenta acris}). (c) The fruit of {Myrica cerifera} (wax myrtle); the shrub itself; called also {candleberry tree}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bayberry — [bā′ber΄ē, bā′bər ē] n. pl. bayberries ☆ 1. a) any of a genus (Myrica) of shrubs of the bayberry family, as the wax myrtle, having a small, berrylike fruit covered with a wax used in making candles b) the fruit 2. a tropical American tree… …   English World dictionary

  • bayberry — /bay ber ee, beuh ree/, n., pl. bayberries. 1. any of several often aromatic trees or shrubs of the genus Myrica, as M. pensylvanica, of northeastern North America, and M. californica, of the western U.S. Cf. wax myrtle. 2. the berry of such a… …   Universalium

  • bayberry — karolininė vaškuonė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Sotvarinių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Morella caroliniensis), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. Iš jo gaunamas vaškas. atitikmenys: lot. Morella caroliniensis angl. bayberry; candle berry;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • bayberry — Candleberry tree Can dle*ber ry tree (Bot.) A shrub (the {Myrica cerifera}, or wax bearing myrtle), common in North America, the little nuts of which are covered with a greenish white wax, which was formerly, used for hardening candles; also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bayberry — tikroji vaškuonė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Sotvarinių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Morella cerifera), paplitęs Šiaurės ir Pietų Amerikoje. Iš jo gaunamas vaškas. atitikmenys: lot. Morella cerifera angl. bayberry; candleberry; southern… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • bayberry — bay·ber·ry bā .ber ē, Brit often & US sometimes b(ə )rē n, pl ries 1) a West Indian tree of the genus Pimenta (P. racemosa) of the myrtle family yielding a yellow aromatic oil 2 a) any of several wax myrtles esp a hardy shrub (Myrica… …   Medical dictionary

  • bayberry — noun a) Common name of the plants in the genus Myrica, a North American shrub with aromatic leather leaves and waxy berries. b) A tropical American shrub with aromatic leaves that are used in the preparation of bay rum. Syn: candleberry, wax… …   Wiktionary

  • bayberry — n. type of bush; fruit from this bush …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bayberry — noun (plural bayberries) a North American shrub with aromatic leathery leaves and waxy berries. [Genus Myrica: several species.] …   English new terms dictionary

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