Definition of myrtle in English:

myrtle

Line breaks: myr¦tle
Pronunciation: /ˈməːt(ə)l
 
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noun

1An evergreen shrub which 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 (such as eucalyptus trees and bottlebrushes)
More 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.
More 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.

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