Definition of myrtle:
- A species of the genus Myrtus, especially Myrtus communis. The common myrtle has a shrubby, upright stem, eight or ten feet high. Its branches form a close, full head, thickly covered with ovate or lanceolate evergreen leaves. It has solitary axillary white or rosy flowers, followed by black several- seeded berries. The ancients considered it sacred to Venus. The flowers, leaves, and berries are used variously in perfumery and as a condiment, and the beautifully mottled wood is used in turning.
shrub (part of speech: noun)
- poison sumac,
- rose of sharon,
- pussy willow,
- "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
Here are, as well as in all other parts of New Zealand, a great number of aromatic trees and shrubs, most of the myrtle kind; but amidst all this variety, we met with none which bore fruit fit to eat.- "A Voyage Towards the South Pole and Round the World, Volume 1", James Cook.
- "The Piper and the Reed", Robert Norwood.