Definition of myrtle in English:

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myrtle

Pronunciation: /ˈmərdl/

noun

1An evergreen shrub that has glossy aromatic foliage and white flowers followed by purple-black oval berries.
  • Myrtus communis, family Myrtaceae (the myrtle family). This family also includes several aromatic plants (clove, allspice) and many characteristic Australian plants (eucalyptus trees, bottlebrushes).
Example sentences
  • When I moved into my bungalow about 20 years ago, I inherited a shrub which I was given to understand is a myrtle: it is a bushy evergreen with small, dark green, glossy, pointed leaves.
  • A heady, often impenetrable mix of shrubs, herbs and wild flowers, such as lavender, myrtle, marjoram and thyme, its elusive scent permeates everything from the wine to the honey.
  • Between the ruins grew cypresses and oleanders, hibiscus, myrtle and wild roses.
2North American The lesser periwinkle.
Example sentences
  • If you were daring, you might plant myrtle (periwinkle).

Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin myrtilla, myrtillus, diminutive of Latin myrta, myrtus, from Greek murtos.

Words that rhyme with myrtle

hurtle, kirtle, turtle

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Syllabification: myr·tle

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