myrtle

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

Definition of myrtle

  1. 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 berriesb :  any of the chiefly tropical shrubs or trees comprising the myrtle family

  2. 2a :  1periwinkle 1ab :  california laurel

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Origin and Etymology of myrtle

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


MYRTLE Defined for English Language Learners

myrtle

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Definition of myrtle for English Language Learners

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


MYRTLE Defined for Kids

myrtle

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noun myr·tle \ˈmər-təl\

Definition of myrtle for Students

  1. 1 :  an evergreen shrub of southern Europe with fragrant flowers

  2. 2 :  1periwinkle



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