- 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
designating a family (Myrtaceae, order Myrtales) of dicotyledonous, evergreen trees and shrubs, including eucalyptus, guava, clove, and blue gum
a feminine name
Origin of Myrtlefrom 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.