Definition of candleberry in US English:



  • Any of a number of trees or shrubs whose berries or seeds yield a wax or oil that can be used for making candles.

    a bayberry or related North American shrub (genus Myrica, family Myricaceae)

    the candlenut

    • ‘If either bayberries or candleberries were available, they would be boiled until the wax rose to the tip.’
    • ‘Wax was also used, commonly the greenish-white yield from candleberries, while that of a beehive was certainly more expensive, only seen in the houses of the rich.’