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ˈmɜr tlmyr·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. myrtle, Vinca minornoun

    widely cultivated as a groundcover for its dark green shiny leaves and usually blue-violet flowers

  2. myrtlenoun

    any evergreen shrub or tree of the genus Myrtus


  1. myrtlenoun

    An evergreen shrub or small tree of the genus Myrtus, native to southern Europe and north Africa.

  2. Myrtlenoun

    A female given name from English.

    Myrtle Hazard Lindsay walked up to the bust, and kissed its marble forehead, saying, "This is the face of my Guardian Angel!"

  3. Etymology: After the plant, myrtle, used since the end of the 19th century.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Myrtlenoun

    A fragrant tree sacred to Venus.

    Etymology: myrtus, Latin; myrte, Fr.

    The flower of the myrtle consists of several leaves disposed in a circular order, which expand in form of a rose; upon the top of the foot-stalk is the ovary, which has a short star-like cup, divided at the top into five parts, and expanded; the ovary becomes an oblong umbilicated fruit, divided into three cells, which are full of kidney-shaped seeds. Philip Miller.

    There will I make thee beds of roses,
    With a thousand fragrant posies;
    A cap of flowers, and a girdle
    Imbroider’d all with leaves of myrtle. William Shakespeare.

    I was of late as petty to his ends,
    As is the morn dew on the myrtle leaf
    To his grand sea. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra.

    Democritus would have Concord like a fair virgin, holding in one hand a pomegranate, in the other a bundle of myrtle; for such is the nature of these trees, that if they be planted though a good space one from the other, they will meet, and with twining one embrace the other. Henry Peacham.

    Nor can the muse the gallant Philip Sidney pass
    The plume of war! with early lawrels crown’d,
    The lover’s myrtle and the poet’s bay. James Thomson, Summer.


  1. myrtle

    Myrtle is a term usually referring to an evergreen shrub or small tree of the genus Myrtus, belonging to the family Myrtaceae. It is native to southern Europe and North Africa. The plant typically has glossy, aromatic foliage and white flowers followed by purplish-black berries. It often symbolizes love and is used in wedding bouquets and wreaths. In broader sense, myrtle can also refer to other plants in the family Myrtaceae.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Myrtlenoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [F. myrtil bilberry, prop., a little myrtle, from myrte myrtle, L. myrtus, murtus, Gr. my`rtos; cf. Per. mrd.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Myrtle

    mėr′tl, n. an evergreen shrub with beautiful and fragrant leaves.—n. Myr′tle-wax, wax from the candle-berry. [O. Fr. myrtil, dim. of myrte—L. and Gr. myrtus.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Myrtle is ranked #54637 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Myrtle surname appeared 377 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Myrtle.

    87% or 328 total occurrences were White.
    6.9% or 26 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of myrtle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of myrtle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of myrtle in a Sentence

  1. Johann von Goethe:

    Know'st thou the land where the lemon-trees bloom, Where the gold orange glows in the deep thicket's gloom, Where a wind ever soft from the blue heaven blows, And the groves are of laurel and myrtle and rose

  2. Mike Pence:

    Robert Rabon, the chair of the South Carolina Republican Party in Myrtle Beach, told me. Pences speech energized delegates, reached out to independents and presented Trump in a more favorable light than even the candidate usually does. But Pence was also speaking to people in the TV audience who have no affiliation with the Republican Party. I started out in the other party until I heard the voice of the 40th president and I joined the Reagan Revolution.

  3. Vanessa Suggs:

    It was a huge blessing for us because we needed a place to stay, now that this hurricane has shifted more towards Myrtle Beach and more south a lot of people that were going to stay are evacuating and so there’s not really that [many] option[s] to choose from.

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