noun, often attributive
myr·​tle | \ ˈmər-tᵊl How to pronounce myrtle (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Orange crowned warblers have been regular visitors to suet blocks for years, and now this year myrtle warblers are common visitors in my neighborhood. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: What’s working to attract birds to your San Antonio winter garden," 1 Jan. 2021 There are myrtle, pomegranate, almond, and banana trees, Mediterranean fan palms, and more than four hundred types of baobab. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Murder in Malta," 14 Dec. 2020 As part of the tribute, a bouquet of flowers featuring orchids and myrtle, which was based on the Queen's own wedding bouquet, was placed on the grave located inside Westminster Abbey. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Marks the 100th Anniversary of the Burial of the Unknown Warrior Ahead of Remembrance Sunday," 7 Nov. 2020 The queen left a bouquet of orchids and myrtle, based on her own wedding bouquet from November 1947. Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, "Queen Elizabeth II wears mask at tribute to Unknown Warrior," 7 Nov. 2020 There's also aloe, green tea and cactus flower to help calm skin while Japanese raisin tree detoxifies and Australian lemon myrtle helps balance oil production. Gideon Grudo, NBC News, "New & Notable: Latest products from Amazon, Fenty, Allbirds and more," 26 Oct. 2020 The Botanic Garden opened in 1911 as a plant collection assembled for appreciation and scientific study, and the new myrtle varieties continue that mission. James S. Russell, New York Times, "Brooklyn Botanic Garden Turns Over a New Leaf," 22 Oct. 2020 Some, like myrtle rust and ash dieback, travel naturally via windblown spores, while the sudden oak death pathogen disperses more in splashes of rain. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Tree-Killing Epidemics Are on the Rise," 28 Sep. 2020 Timber for the myrtle floors in the living room, kitchen and bathroom grew here and was milled on site. oregonlive, "Escape to the middle of nowhere: Stay in a serene Oregon vacation home surrounded by nature," 28 Aug. 2020

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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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“Myrtle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce myrtle (audio) \

Kids Definition of myrtle

1 : an evergreen shrub of southern Europe with fragrant flowers

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