noun (plural candleberries)
Any of a number of trees or shrubs whose berries or seeds yield a wax or oil that can be used for making candles, in particular.
- A bayberry or related North American shrub (genus Myrica, family Myricaceae). The candlenut.
- If either bayberries or candleberries were available, they would be boiled until the wax rose to the tip.
- Wax was also used, commonly the greenish-white yield from candleberries, while that of a beehive was certainly more expensive, only seen in the houses of the rich.
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