bayberry

noun
bay·ber·ry | \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

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Then, a design by Dirtworks, built by the Todd Group, covered much of that structure with enormous mounds of sand planted with beach grasses and plants like serviceberry, bayberry and beach rose. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "The Hurricane-Proof Beach House," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of bayberry

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bayberry

noun
bay·ber·ry | \ˈbā-ˌber-ē \
plural bayberries

Kids Definition of bayberry

: a shrub with leathery leaves and clusters of small berries covered with grayish white wax

bayberry

noun
bay·ber·ry | \ˈbā-ˌber-ē, British often & US sometimes -b(ə-)rē\
plural bayberries

Medical Definition of bayberry 

1 : a West Indian tree of the genus Pimenta (P. racemosa) of the myrtle family yielding a yellow aromatic oil

2a : 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

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