bayberry

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Etymology[edit]

From bay +‎ berry.

Noun[edit]

bayberry (plural bayberries)

  1. The fruit of the bay laurel (Laurus nobilis).
    • 1665, Robert Hooke, Micrographica, XLIII:
      [T]heir shape was much like a Figg, but very much smaller, some being about the bigness of a Bay-berry, others, and the biggest, of a Hazel-Nut.
  2. (Canada, US) The fruit of the wax myrtle shrub; or the plant itself (Morella cerifera), with aromatic leather leaves and waxy berries.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      It twisted and turned, and, the first thing I knew, made a sudden bend around a bunch of bayberry scrub and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn.
  3. West Indian bay tree (Pimenta racemosa), a tropical American shrub with aromatic leaves that are used in the preparation of bay rum.

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