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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Myrica \My*ri"ca\, prop. n. [L., fr. Gr. ? tamarisk.] (Bot.) A widely dispersed genus of shrubs and trees, usually with aromatic foliage. It includes the bayberry or wax myrtle, the sweet gale, and the North American sweet fern, so called. [1913 Webster]