bayberry

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bayberry deciduous aromatic shrub of eastern North America with grey-green wax-coated berries
    • n bayberry West Indian tree; source of bay rum
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: American colonists discovered that superior candles could be made from the fruit of a squat bush growing in the sand dunes along the New England seashore. The small, grayish bayberry was picked, crushed, and boiled. It had to be skimmed several times before the pale, nearly transparent, green fat was sufficiently refined. Bayberry candles were highly prized, because so much labor and so many berries were needed to make just one candle.
    • n Bayberry (Bot) The fruit of the bay tree or Laurus nobilis.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bayberry The fruit of the bay-tree, or Laurus nobilis.
    • n bayberry The wax-myrtle, Myrica cerifera, and its fruit. The coating of wax upon the berries is known as bayberry-tallow or myrtle-wax. See Myrica. Also called candleberry.
    • n bayberry In Jamaica, the Pimenta acris, from which an oil is obtained which is used in the manufacture of bay-rum.
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Usage

In literature:

I could see the rich green of bayberry bushes here and there, where the rocks made room.
"The Country of the Pointed Firs" by Sarah Orne Jewett
She skirted the outlying clumps of bayberry and beach plum bushes and entered the grove.
"Keziah Coffin" by Joseph C. Lincoln
The great room seemed to be twinkling with a hundred bayberry candles, sending forth a delicious woodland fragrance.
"The Camp Fire Girls in the Outside World" by Margaret Vandercook
Miss Laura set the three candlesticks with the bayberry candles on the floor in the centre of the circle and motioned the girls to sit down.
"The Torch Bearer" by I. T. Thurston
It was strange how many bayberries it took to make a few candles!
"The Peterkin Papers" by Lucretia P Hale
Patches of bayberry bushes grew near the shore, and their fragrant leaves and small gray berries at once attracted Rose's attention.
"A Little Maid of Massachusetts Colony" by Alice Turner Curtis
The darkness fell fast, and the supper dishes had to be put under some bayberry bushes until morning.
"Betty Leicester" by Sarah Orne Jewett
I bought also, at the same shop, a pretty little box containing three green candles made of bayberry wax.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
The pastures are blue now with bayberries, which seem to be their favorite food.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard
I guess it was originally distilled from bayberry trees or something.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
It was the day after this loss that Jicksy took "French leave"; he had "killed two birds with one stone," Bayberry people said.
"Harper's Round Table, September 24, 1895" by Various
The melting of tallow or bayberries.
"The Women of Tomorrow" by William Hard
Bayberry wax, Use in shaving soap, 89.
"Soap-Making Manual" by E. G. Thomssen
Bayberry candles, so much in favor to-day, were also made in early times.
"Colonial Homes and Their Furnishings" by Mary H. Northend
Rank wire-grass, bayberry and scrub palmetto bounded the fairgreen.
"The Slayer Of souls" by Robert Chambers
Bayberry grew in the swamps and near the edge of the water.
"The Stronghold" by Miriam Haynie
A small quantity of bayberry bark may occasionally be blown up the nostrils from a quill.
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd
Whortleberry, bayberry, and wild rose were growing out of the interstices.
"Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast" by Samuel Adams Drake
A sprig of Sweet Fern or Bayberry was the only resource.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
They went to Truro to see the bayberry candle-dipping.
"Georgina of the Rainbows" by Annie Fellows Johnston
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In poetry:

There bayberry and aster
Are crowded on its floors,
When marching summer halts to praise
The Lord of Out-of-doors.
"The Deserted Pasture" by Bliss William Carman
Our children know each wildwood smell,
The bayberry and the fern,
The man who does not know them well
Is all too old to learn.
"After A Lecture On Wordsworth" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Come back to bayberry-scented slopes,
And fragrant fern, and ground-nut vine;
Breathe airs blown over holt and copse
Sweet with black birch and pine.
"The Homestead" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Bayberry Inn, Newport, Rhode Island.
In Polly's Garden: The Multi-Tasking Northern Bayberry .
A frequent plant I encounter in abandoned farm fields is northern bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica, now Morella pensylvanica).
Bayberry Inn of Newport 20 Kay Street Newport, RI 2840 Nightly Rates (235.72 - 249.05) 3 Star.
Bayberry fish fry now affiliated with Fish Cove restaurants.
Patent Picks— Chia Seed Extract, Bayberry Extract.
Patent Picks—Chia Seed Extract, Bayberry Extract.
BURRILLVILLE- Mathias Match Marcoux 94, resident of Oakland, died October 6, 2012 at Bayberry Commons in Pascoag.
The oh-so-lovely Garrett House at 741 N Fourth St, one of the Bayberry Properties Bed and Breakfasts in Steubenville's Historic District, was the late-afternoon setting Nov 14 for a VIP reception held for two special visitors to the area.
Chubby, awkward, and full of dreams in 1970, I sat at the window of my parents' house on Bayberry Lane in Amagansett Dunes .
Chubby, awkward, and full of dreams in 1970, I sat at the window of my parents' house on Bayberry Lane in Amagansett Dunes.
Rash of burglaries reported on Syracuse's East Side and Bayberry in Clay.
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