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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.]
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]
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]
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|Noun||1.||myrtle - 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