Definition of sweet gale in English:

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sweet gale

noun

Another term for bog myrtle.
Example sentences
  • Scanlon said she was unsure that she agreed with the change of name from bog myrtle to sweet gale, however.
  • In this zone females were often encountered perching on sweet gale (Myrica gale; Myricaceae, bayberries) several meters from the shore.
  • Low over the swamp birch and sweet gale, the broad torment of their shadows fall on the marsh's invisible busy and small.

Origin

Mid 17th century: gale from Old English gagel, gagelle, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gagel, German Gagel.

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