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 for Wax myrtle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Myrtle \Myr"tle\ (m[~e]r"t'l), n. [F. myrtil bilberry, prop., a
     little myrtle, from myrte myrtle, L. myrtus, murtus, Gr.
     my`rtos; cf. Per. m[=u]rd.] (Bot.)
     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.
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     Note: The name is also popularly but wrongly applied in
           America to two creeping plants, the blue-flowered
           periwinkle and the yellow-flowered moneywort. In the
           West Indies several myrtaceous shrubs are called
           myrtle.
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     Bog myrtle, the sweet gale.
  
     Crape myrtle. See under Crape.
  
     Myrtle warbler (Zool.), a North American wood warbler
        ({Dendroica coronata); -- called also myrtle bird,
        yellow-rumped warbler, and yellow-crowned warbler.
  
     Myrtle wax. (Bot.) See Bayberry tallow, under Bayberry.
        
  
     Sand myrtle, a low, branching evergreen shrub ({Leiophyllum
        buxifolium), growing in New Jersey and southward.
  
     Wax+myrtle+({Myrica+cerifera">Wax myrtle ({Myrica cerifera). See Bayberry.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wax \Wax\, n. [AS. weax; akin to OFries. wax, D. was, G. wachs,
     OHG. wahs, Icel. & Sw. vax, Dan. vox, Lith. vaszkas, Russ.
     vosk'.]
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     1. A fatty, solid substance, produced by bees, and employed
        by them in the construction of their comb; -- usually
        called beeswax. It is first excreted, from a row of
        pouches along their sides, in the form of scales, which,
        being masticated and mixed with saliva, become whitened
        and tenacious. Its natural color is pale or dull yellow.
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     Note: Beeswax consists essentially of cerotic acid
           (constituting the more soluble part) and of myricyl
           palmitate (constituting the less soluble part).
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     2. Hence, any substance resembling beeswax in consistency or
        appearance. Specifically: 
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        (a) (Physiol.) Cerumen, or earwax. See Cerumen.
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        (b) A waxlike composition used for uniting surfaces, for
            excluding air, and for other purposes; as, sealing
            wax, grafting wax, etching wax, etc.
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        (c) A waxlike composition used by shoemakers for rubbing
            their thread.
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        (d) (Zool.) A substance similar to beeswax, secreted by
            several species of scale insects, as the Chinese wax.
            See Wax insect, below.
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        (e) (Bot.) A waxlike product secreted by certain plants.
            See Vegetable wax, under Vegetable.
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        (f) (Min.) A substance, somewhat resembling wax, found in
            connection with certain deposits of rock salt and
            coal; -- called also mineral wax, and ozocerite.
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        (g) Thick sirup made by boiling down the sap of the sugar
            maple, and then cooling. [Local U. S.]
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        (h) any of numerous substances or mixtures composed
            predominantly of the longer-chain saturated
            hydrocarbons such as the paraffins, which are solid at
            room teperature, or their alcohol, carboxylic acid, or
            ester derivatives.
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     Japanese wax, a waxlike substance made in Japan from the
        berries of certain species of Rhus, esp. Rhus
        succedanea.
  
     Mineral wax. (Min.) See Wax, 2
        (f), above.
  
     Wax cloth. See Waxed cloth, under Waxed.
  
     Wax end. See Waxed end, under Waxed.
  
     Wax flower, a flower made of, or resembling, wax.
  
     Wax insect (Zool.), any one of several species of scale
        insects belonging to the family Coccidae, which secrete
        from their bodies a waxlike substance, especially the
        Chinese wax insect ({Coccus Sinensis) from which a large
        amount of the commercial Chinese wax is obtained. Called
        also pela.
  
     Wax light, a candle or taper of wax.
  
     Wax+moth+(Zool.),+a+pyralid+moth+({Galleria+cereana">Wax moth (Zool.), a pyralid moth ({Galleria cereana) whose
        larvae feed upon honeycomb, and construct silken galleries
        among the fragments. The moth has dusky gray wings
        streaked with brown near the outer edge. The larva is
        yellowish white with brownish dots. Called also bee
        moth.
  
     Wax myrtle. (Bot.) See Bayberry.
  
     Wax painting, a kind of painting practiced by the ancients,
        under the name of encaustic. The pigments were ground with
        wax, and diluted. After being applied, the wax was melted
        with hot irons and the color thus fixed.
  
     Wax palm. (Bot.)
        (a) A species of palm ({Ceroxylon Andicola) native of the
            Andes, the stem of which is covered with a secretion,
            consisting of two thirds resin and one third wax,
            which, when melted with a third of fat, makes
            excellent candles.
        (b) A Brazilian tree ({Copernicia cerifera) the young
            leaves of which are covered with a useful waxy
            secretion.
  
     Wax paper, paper prepared with a coating of white wax and
        other ingredients.
  
     Wax plant (Bot.), a name given to several plants, as:
        (a) The Indian pipe (see under Indian).
        (b) The Hoya carnosa, a climbing plant with polished,
            fleshy leaves.
        (c) Certain species of Begonia with similar foliage.
  
     Wax tree (Bot.)
        (a) A tree or shrub ({Ligustrum lucidum) of China, on
            which certain insects make a thick deposit of a
            substance resembling white wax.
        (b) A kind of sumac ({Rhus succedanea) of Japan, the
            berries of which yield a sort of wax.
        (c) A rubiaceous tree ({Elaeagia utilis) of New Grenada,
            called by the inhabitants "arbol del cera."
  
     Wax yellow, a dull yellow, resembling the natural color of
        beeswax.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  wax myrtle
      n 1: any shrub or small tree of the genus Myrica with aromatic
           foliage and small wax-coated berries

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