an evergreen bayberry (Myrica cerifera) native to E North America and having grayish-white berries coated with a wax used for candles
Any of several evergreen shrubs or small trees of the genus Myrica, especially M. cerifera of the southeast United States, having aromatic leaves and small berrylike fruit with a waxy coating.
(plural wax myrtles)
- An evergreen bayberry, especially the common Myrica cerifera of the southern U.S. The wax covering its nutlets is used for making scented candles.
- Alternative spelling of wax myrtle.