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

Definition of myrtle 

1a : 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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Both Kate and Meghan’s bouquets included sprigs from a plant grown from the myrtle used in the Queen’s wedding bouquet in 1947, as did Eugenie’s mother. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Princess Eugenie's Wedding Flowers," 3 Oct. 2018 The sprigs in Meghan’s bouquet come are from a plant grown from the same myrtle used in Queen Elizabeth’s wedding bouquet in 1947. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Why Green? The Meaning Behind the Color Coordination in the Official Royal Wedding Portraits," 21 May 2018 Both Kate and Meghan’s bouquets included sprigs from the Osborne House myrtle, as well as the Queen’s wedding bouquet in 1947, and that of Eugenie’s mother. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie's Wedding Flowers are a Celebration of Fall," 12 Oct. 2018 As per British royal tradition, myrtle, symbolizing hope and love, is also included in the arrangement. Fox News, "Meghan Markle stuns in Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy at royal wedding," 22 May 2018 The tradition started when Queen Victoria was gifted a posy of myrtle flowers by Prince Albert’s grandmother in 1845. Monique Jessen,, "Welsh Gold and Queen Victoria's Myrtle: Will Meghan Markle Honor Royal Wedding Traditions?," 3 May 2018 Designed by florist Shane Connolly, the bouquet was almost entirely lily of the valley, and also included myrtle as well as sweet William, hyacinth and ivy. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding Bouquet Is Surprisingly Similar to Kate's," 19 May 2018 Prince Albert’s grandmother gave Victoria a nosegay containing myrtle. Diana Pearl,, "Prince Harry Picked Flowers for Meghan Markle's Bouquet — Plus, the Sweet Tribute to Princess Diana," 19 May 2018 Their most popular is the anti-insomnia Tranquili-tea made with chamomile and lemon myrtle. Steffi Victorioso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Local Women Are Hosting Fancy “High Teas” With the Help of a Cannabis Brand," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of myrtle

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for myrtle

Middle English mirtille, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin myrtillus, from Latin myrtus, from Greek myrtos

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English Language Learners Definition of myrtle

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


myr·​tle | \ˈmər-tᵊl \

Kids Definition of myrtle

1 : an evergreen shrub of southern Europe with fragrant flowers

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