- any of a genus (Myrtus) of plants of the myrtle family, with evergreen leaves, white or pinkish flowers, and dark, fragrant berries
- any of various other plants, as the periwinkle and the California laurel
Origin of myrtleMiddle English mirtille ; from Old French myrtille ; from Medieval Latin myrtillus, diminutive ; from Classical Latin myrtus ; from Classical Greek myrtos, myrtle, probably ; from Sem; uncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to Arabic murr, myrrh
Origin of Myrtle; from myrtle
- Any of several evergreen shrubs or trees of the genus Myrtus, especially M. communis, an aromatic shrub native to the Mediterranean region, having white flowers and blue-black berries and widely cultivated as a hedge plant.
- Any of several other evergreen shrubs or trees, such as the wax myrtle.
- The periwinkle Vinca minor.
Origin of myrtleMiddle English mirtille, from Old French, from Medieval Latin myrtillus, diminutive of Latin myrtus, from Greek murtos.
- A female given name.
After the plant, myrtle, used since the end of the 19th century.