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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myrtle 1a

Examples of myrtle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The leaves of scorched myrtle bushes hang dull and lifeless. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 May 2022 Also packed inside are Australian lemon myrtle and witch hazel water to reduce excess oil and refine pores, giving a clean feeling to the skin. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 25 Mar. 2022 As your senses are enveloped by the lavender, myrtle and bergamot oils, long, soothing massage strokes are used to transport you to a quieter space and what seems like an otherworldly time, a bygone world. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 The same plantings from the courtyard—including Jerusalem sage, upright myrtle spurge, and lavender—were repeated throughout the property. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 2 Feb. 2022 Santee has 35 families of trees, mostly made up of 27 species of myrtle trees, and 22 species of fabaceae trees — more commonly known as legume, pea or bean trees. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Dec. 2021 Periwinkle the plant, also known as myrtle, is a fast-growing ground cover. Christine Lennon, Sunset Magazine, 14 Dec. 2021 Since myrtle is known as mirto in Italian, mirto becomes mortadella, says Dino Borri, global vice president at Eataly. Bettina Makalintal, Bon Appétit, 8 Dec. 2021 Deep ruby red/light purple; aromas of myrtle, black plum and clove. Tom Hyland, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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24 May 2022

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“Myrtle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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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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