- 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: Middle English mirtille from Old French myrtille from Midieval Latin myrtillus, diminutive from Classical Latin myrtus from Glassical Greek myrtos, myrtle, probably from Sem; uncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to Arabic murr, myrrh
Origin: from myrtle
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- Any of several evergreen shrubs or trees of the genus Myrtus, especially M. communis, an aromatic shrub native to the Mediterranean region and western Asia, having pink or white flowers and blue-black berries and widely cultivated as a hedge plant.
- See periwinkle2.
Origin: Middle English mirtille, from Old French, from Medieval Latin myrtillus, diminutive of Latin myrtus, from Greek murtos.