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Myrtle meaning

myrtle - 1 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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.

myrtle - examples of usage

  1. It was here, amidst twilight saloons and dreamy chambers, buried among groves of orange and myrtle, that he shut himself up at times from the prying world, and gave free scope to the gratification of his pleasures. - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
  2. The delicate airs that played about the tower were perfumed by the fragrance of myrtle and orange- blossoms, and the ear was charmed with the fond warbling of the nightingale, which, in these happy regions, sings the whole day long. - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
  3. I saw proud vestals tending sacred flames on temple- clad islands in blue Grecian seas; I saw acolytes waving censers, and grave, bearded priests walking in processions crowned with myrtle- wreaths. - "They Call Me Carpenter", Upton Sinclair.
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