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myr·tle

 (mûr′tl)
n.
1. 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.
2. Any of several other evergreen shrubs or trees, such as the wax myrtle.
3. The periwinkle Vinca minor.

[Middle English mirtille, from Old French, from Medieval Latin myrtillus, diminutive of Latin myrtus, from Greek murtos.]

myrtle

(ˈmɜːtəl)
n
1. (Plants) any evergreen shrub or tree of the myrtaceous genus Myrtus, esp M. communis, a S European shrub with pink or white flowers and aromatic blue-black berries
2. (Plants) short for crape myrtle
3. (Plants) bog myrtle. another name for sweet gale
4. (Plants) creeping myrtle trailing myrtle US and Canadian another name for periwinkle21
[C16: from Medieval Latin myrtilla, from Latin myrtus, from Greek murtos]

myr•tle

(ˈmɜr tl)

n.
1. any plant of the genus Myrtus, esp. M. communis of S Europe, having evergreen leaves, fragrant white flowers, and aromatic berries.
2. any of certain unrelated plants, as the periwinkle, Vinca minor, and California laurel, Umbellularia californica.
3. Also called myr′tle green′. dark bluish green.
[1350–1400; < Medieval Latin myrtillus= Latin myrt(us) (< Greek mýrtos) + New Latin -illus diminutive suffix]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.myrtle - widely cultivated as a groundcover for its dark green shiny leaves and usually blue-violet flowersmyrtle - widely cultivated as a groundcover for its dark green shiny leaves and usually blue-violet flowers
periwinkle - chiefly trailing poisonous plants with blue flowers
2.myrtle - any evergreen shrub or tree of the genus Myrtus
common myrtle, Myrtus communis - European shrub with white or rosy flowers followed by black berries
angiospermous tree, flowering tree - any tree having seeds and ovules contained in the ovary
Translations

myrtle

[ˈmɜːtl] Narrayán m, mirto m

myrtle

nMyrte f

myrtle

[ˈmɜːtl] nmirto
References in classic literature ?
The girl was quite as tall as her aunt Pelagie, with dark eyes that reflected joy as a still pool reflects the light of stars; and her rounded cheek was tinged like the pink crepe myrtle.
She certainly looked very charming as she strolled, lingering along under the budding horse-chestnut trees that stretched their long arms over the park-palings; with her closed book in one hand, and in the other a graceful sprig of myrtle, which served her as a very pretty plaything; her bright ringlets escaping profusely from her little bonnet, and gently stirred by the breeze, her fair cheek flushed with gratified vanity, her smiling blue eyes, now slyly glancing towards her admirer, now gazing downward at her myrtle sprig.
Then give me that, meantime, to comfort me,' said he, half jestingly and half in earnest, extending his hand for the sprig of myrtle.
The Mediterranean, the blue sea par excellence, "the great sea" of the Hebrews, "the sea" of the Greeks, the "mare nostrum" of the Romans, bordered by orange-trees, aloes, cacti, and sea-pines; embalmed with the perfume of the myrtle, surrounded by rude mountains, saturated with pure and transparent air, but incessantly worked by underground fires; a perfect battlefield in which Neptune and Pluto still dispute the empire of the world!
Occasionally the marks were hidden under tufts of myrtle, which spread into large bushes laden with blossoms, or beneath parasitical lichen.
Go into your garden and lift up the little marble slab at the foot of the great myrtle tree.
They will feed on barley-meal and flour of wheat, baking and kneading them, making noble cakes and loaves; these they will serve up on a mat of reeds or on clean leaves, themselves reclining the while upon beds strewn with yew or myrtle.
Meanwhile they had slung the mighty boar across the back of a mule, and having covered it with sprigs of rosemary and branches of myrtle, they bore it away as the spoils of victory to some large field-tents which had been pitched in the middle of the wood, where they found the tables laid and dinner served, in such grand and sumptuous style that it was easy to see the rank and magnificence of those who had provided it.
My tantalized spirit Here blandly reposes, Forgetting, or never Regretting its roses -- Its old agitations Of myrtles and roses:
Add to this her short nose, her plump cheeks that set wrinkles at defiance, her white hair dressed in stiff little curls; and, if a doll could grow old, Lady Lydiard, at sixty, would have been the living image of that doll, taking life easily on its journey downwards to the prettiest of tombs, in a burial-ground where the myrtles and roses grew all the year round.
For December, and January, and the latter part of November, you must take such things as are green all winter: holly; ivy; bays; juniper; cypress-trees; yew; pine-apple-trees; fir-trees; rosemary; lavender; periwinkle, the white, the purple, and the blue; germander; flags; orangetrees; lemon-trees; and myrtles, if they be stoved; and sweet marjoram, warm set.
Then, while his eye was wandering over the plain, turning on all sides, he saw a white form appear behind the scented myrtles.