Definition of Myrtle

1. Noun. Widely cultivated as a groundcover for its dark green shiny leaves and usually blue-violet flowers.

Exact synonyms: Vinca Minor
Generic synonyms: Periwinkle

2. Noun. Any evergreen shrub or tree of the genus Myrtus.
Specialized synonyms: Common Myrtle, Myrtus Communis
Generic synonyms: Angiospermous Tree, Flowering Tree

Definition of Myrtle

1. n. A species of the genus Myrtus, especially Myrtus communis. The common myrtle has a shrubby, upright stem, eight or ten feet high. Its branches form a close, full head, thickly covered with ovate or lanceolate evergreen leaves. It has solitary axillary white or rosy flowers, followed by black several-seeded berries. The ancients considered it sacred to Venus. The flowers, leaves, and berries are used variously in perfumery and as a condiment, and the beautifully mottled wood is used in turning.

Definition of Myrtle

1. Proper noun. (English female given name). ¹

2. Noun. An evergreen shrub or small tree of the genus ''Myrtus'', native to southern Europe and north Africa. ¹

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Definition of Myrtle

1. an evergreen shrub [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Myrtle

myrsine family
myrtaceous tree
myrtle (current term)
myrtle beech
myrtle bird
myrtle family
myrtle flag
myrtle oak
myrtle spurge
myrtle warbler

Literary usage of Myrtle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Journal of Geology by University of Chicago Department of Geology and Paleontology (1905)
"TERMS USED Definition oj the myrtle group.—In discussing and describing further the ... If we define the myrtle in terms of the stratigraphic limits set by ..."

2. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Together with The Journal of a Tour to by James Boswell (1884)
"The myrtle, ensign of supreme command, Consign'd by Venus to Melissa's hand ... In myrtle shades oft sings the happy swain, In myrtle shades despairing ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"Purcnase money of the myrtle Grove Plan- lJ lation. He averred that the plantation was the property of the succession of Walker, the mortgagor, ..."

4. The Trees of America: Native and Foreign, Pictorially and Botanically by Daniel Jay Browne (1846)
"Italian or Upright myrtle, the leaves of which are ovate- lanceolate, and the branches ... Broad leaved Dutch myrtle; Myrte de Belgique, of the French, ..."

5. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by Charles Anderson Dana (1875)
"myrtle, a name which, with or without a prefix, is given to several widely different ... The myrtle family consists of trees or shrubs, with simple, entire, ..."

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