noun, myr·tle often attributive \ˈmər-təl\

: a type of small tree that has sweet-smelling white or pink flowers and black berries

Full Definition of MYRTLE

a :  a common evergreen bushy shrub (Myrtus communis of the family Myrtaceae, the myrtle family) of southern Europe with oval to lance-shaped shiny leaves, fragrant white or rosy flowers, and black berries
b :  any of the chiefly tropical shrubs or trees comprising the myrtle family

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Origin of MYRTLE

Middle English mirtille, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin myrtillus, from Latin myrtus, from Greek myrtos
First Known Use: 1562

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MYRTLE Defined for Kids


noun myr·tle \ˈmər-təl\

Definition of MYRTLE for Kids

:  an evergreen shrub of southern Europe with fragrant flowers
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