Definition of bayberry in English:


Syllabification: bay·ber·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈbāˌberē

noun (plural bayberries)

  • 1A North American shrub with aromatic leathery leaves and waxy berries. See also wax myrtle.
    • Genus Myrica, family Myricaceae: several species, in particular northern bayberry (M. pensylvanica) and black bayberry (M. heterophylla)
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    • Included in the brambles are raspberries, blackberries, dewberries, loganberries, bayberries, and the wineberry.
    • Wild bayberry thrives in the sand with almost no maintenance, will grow in full sun or partial shade, is not harmed by salt spray and is drought-resistant.
    • Before fall migration, swallows gorge themselves on insects and bayberries.
  • 2A tropical American shrub with aromatic leaves that are used in the preparation of bay rum. Also called bay rum tree.
    • Pimenta racemosa, family Myrtaceae
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    • Needles that still look fresh should be removed from the tree and mixed with an equal amount of bayberry leaves, tiny pinecones and a preservative that absorbs scent.
    • In the past, grass, bayberry, and other weeds had taken over most areas used by the nesting commons.
    • The rolling hummocks wear a soft, wind-tossed mane of reeds, and here and there thickets of aspen, sumac and bayberry punctuate the scene.


late 17th century: from bay2 + berry.

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