wax myrtle


Definition of wax myrtle

: any of a genus (Myrica of the family Myricaceae, the wax-myrtle family) of trees or shrubs with aromatic foliage especially : a shrub or small tree (M. cerifera) of the eastern U.S. having small hard berries with a thick coating of bluish-white wax used for candles

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An additional six loblolly pines of 18-feet in height at time of planting, and installed by hand, were requested to be planted along with no less than 21 more 15-gallon wax myrtles at least 6-feet tall. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "St. Anthony officials agree to township terms over planting," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of wax myrtle

1806, in the meaning defined above

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Kids Definition of wax myrtle

: a shrub or small tree that has bluish gray waxy berries and is related to the bayberry

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