bayberry

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bay·ber·ry

noun \ˈbā-ˌber-ē, -ˌbe-rē\

Definition of BAYBERRY

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

First Known Use of BAYBERRY

1575

bay·ber·ry

noun \ˈbā-ˌber-ē, British often & US sometimes -b(ə-)rē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural bay·ber·ries

Medical Definition of BAYBERRY

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; especially : a hardy shrub (Myrica pensylvanica) of coastal eastern North America bearing dense clusters of small globular nuts covered with grayish white wax b : the fruit of a bayberry

bayberry

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of several aromatic shrubs and small trees of the genus Myrica in the bayberry family (Myricaceae), but especially M. pennsylvanica, also called candleberry, which has grayish waxy berries that, upon boiling, yield the wax used in bayberry candles. The California bayberry, or California wax myrtle (M. californica), is used as an ornamental on sandy soils in warm climates.

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