Found 2 items, similar to Bog myrtle.
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Definition: bog myrtle
n : perennial plant of Europe and America having racemes of
white or purplish flowers and intensely bitter trifoliate
leaves; often rooting at water margin and spreading
across the surface [syn: water shamrock
, Menyanthes trifoliata
English → English
Definition: Bog myrtle
(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.
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
, the sweet gale.
. See under Crape
(Zo["o]l.), a North American wood warbler
); -- called also myrtle bird
, and yellow-crowned warbler
. (Bot.) See Bayberry tallow
, under Bayberry
, a low, branching evergreen shrub (Leiophyllum buxifolium
), growing in New Jersey and southward.
). See Bayberry
(b[o^]g), n. [Ir. & Gael. bog soft, tender, moist: cf.
Ir. bogach bog, moor, marsh, Gael. bogan quagmire.]
1. A quagmire filled with decayed moss and other vegetable
matter; wet spongy ground where a heavy body is apt to
sink; a marsh; a morass.
Appalled with thoughts of bog, or caverned pit,
Of treacherous earth, subsiding where they tread.
2. A little elevated spot or clump of earth, roots, and
grass, in a marsh or swamp. [Local, U. S.]
. See Buck bean
(bump, to make a loud noise), Bog blitter
, Bog jumper
, the bittern. [Prov.]
, a hydrocarbon of butterlike consistence found
in the peat bogs of Ireland.
(Min.), a soil composed for the most part of
silex and partially decomposed vegetable fiber. --P. Cyc.
. (Bot.) Same as Sphagnum
(Bot.), the sweet gale.
(a) An ore of iron found in boggy or swampy land; a
variety of brown iron ore, or limonite.
(b) Bog manganese, the hydrated peroxide of manganese.
(Bot.), any rush growing in bogs; saw grass.
. See under Spavin