myrtle definition

  • noun:
    • Any of a number of evergreen shrubs or trees associated with genus Myrtus, specifically M. communis, an aromatic shrub native to the Mediterranean region and western Asia, having red or white plants and blue-black berries and extensively cultivated as a hedge plant.
    • See periwinkle2.
    • An evergreen shrub or small tree of genus Myrtus, indigenous to southern Europe and north Africa.
    • A species associated with the genus Myrtus, specially Myrtus communis. The typical myrtle has a shrubby, upright stem, eight or ten foot large. Its limbs form a close, complete mind, thickly covered with ovate or lanceolate evergreen leaves. It offers solitary axillary white or rosy blossoms, followed closely by black several-seeded fruits. The ancients considered it sacred to Venus. The blossoms, leaves, and berries are used variously in perfumery so when a condiment, and beautifully mottled timber is used in turning.
    • A plant regarding the genus Myrtus, primarily M. communis, the classic and favorite common myrtle.
    • A name of various comparable plants of various other genera of myrtle family (Myrtaceæ), and of other households, many not related.
    • A broad-leafed selection of the true myrtle.
    • The sweet-gale, Myrica Gale.
    • extensively cultivated as a groundcover for the dark green shiny leaves and often blue-violet flowers
    • any evergreen shrub or tree of the genus Myrtus

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