Meaning of sweet gale in English:

sweet gale

See synonyms for sweet gale


another term for bog myrtle
‘Scanlon said she was unsure that she agreed with the change of name from bog myrtle to sweet gale, however.’
  • ‘In this zone females were often encountered perching on sweet gale (Myrica gale; Myricaceae, bayberries) several meters from the shore.’
  • ‘Low over the swamp birch and sweet gale, the broad torment of their shadows fall on the marsh's invisible busy and small.’
  • ‘The sweet gale or bayberry family is made up of about 50 species of shrubs and trees.’
  • ‘Plants in the bean family, along with sweet gales, mountain lilacs, and sweet ferns, have a symbiotic relationship with bacteria which form nodules on their roots.’


Mid 17th century gale from Old English gagel, gagelle, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gagel, German Gagel.