bayberry vs waxberry what difference

what is difference between bayberry and waxberry




From bay +‎ berry.


bayberry (plural bayberries)

  1. (Canada, US) The fruit of the wax myrtle shrub; or the plant itself (Morella cerifera), with aromatic, leathery leaves and waxy berries.
    1. Other species in the family Myricaceae, especially in genus Myrica; bay-rum tree, candleberry.
  2. 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.
  3. West Indian bay tree (Pimenta racemosa), a tropical American shrub with aromatic leaves that are used in the preparation of bay rum.


  • (Morella cerifera): wax myrtle
  • (species in the family Myricaceae): candleberry, wax myrtle

Derived terms

  • Asian bayberry (Nageia nagi)
  • bayberry tallow (Myrica cerifera)
  • bayberry waxtree (Myrica cerifera)
  • bayberry willow (Salix myricoides)
  • California bayberry (Myrica californica)
  • Chinese bayberry (Morella rubra, syn. Myrica rubra)
  • faya bayberry (Myrica faya)
  • Japanese bayberry (Morella rubra)
  • northern bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica)
  • red bayberry (Morella rubra)
  • scentless bayberry (Myrica inodora)
  • Sierra bayberry (Myrica hartwegii)
  • southern bayberry (Myrica caroliniensis, Myrica cerifera)



wax +‎ berry


waxberry (plural waxberries)

  1. The bayberry.
  2. The snowberry.
  3. The yangmei.

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