Butcher's broom

Butcher's broom
Broom Broom (br[=oo]m), n. [OE. brom, brome, AS. br[=o]m; akin to LG. bram, D. brem, OHG. br[=a]mo broom, thorn?bush, G. brombeere blackberry. Cf. {Bramble}, n.] 1. (Bot.) A plant having twigs suitable for making brooms to sweep with when bound together; esp., the {Cytisus scoparius} of Western Europe, which is a low shrub with long, straight, green, angular branches, minute leaves, and large yellow flowers. [1913 Webster]

No gypsy cowered o'er fires of furze and broom. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

2. An implement for sweeping floors, etc., commonly made of the panicles or tops of broom corn, bound together or attached to a long wooden handle; -- so called because originally made of the twigs of the broom. [1913 Webster]

{Butcher's broom}, a plant ({Ruscus aculeatus}) of the Smilax family, used by butchers for brooms to sweep their blocks; -- called also {knee holly}. See {Cladophyll}.

{Dyer's broom}, a species of mignonette ({Reseda luteola}), used for dyeing yellow; dyer's weed; dyer's rocket.

{Spanish broom}. See under {Spanish}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Butcher's broom — Butch er s broom (Bot.) A genus of plants ({Ruscus}); esp. {Ruscus aculeatus}, which has large red berries and leaflike branches. See {Cladophyll}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • butcher's-broom — [booch′ərz bro͞om΄] n. [? because formerly used to sweep butchers shops] a shrubby plant (Ruscus aculeatus) of the lily family, with leathery, leaflike, flattened branches, clusters of small, white flowers, and large, red berries …   English World dictionary

  • butcher's-broom — dygioji pelžiedė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pelžiedinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Ruscus aculeatus), paplitęs pietų Europoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Ruscus aculeatus angl. box holly; butcher s broom… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • butcher's-broom — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun (plural butcher s brooms) : a European leafless plant (Ruscus aculeatus) that bears stiff pointed cladophylls and is often cultivated for its twigs which are used for ornament and for whisk brooms * * * /booch euhrz broohm ,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • butcher's-broom — /booch euhrz broohm , broom /, n. a shrubby European evergreen, Ruscus aculeatus, of the lily family: used for making brooms. [1555 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • butcher's-broom — butch′er s broom n. pln a shrubby European evergreen, Ruscus aculeatus, of the lily family, used for making brooms • Etymology: 1555–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • butcher's broom — ▪ plant  any dark green shrub of the genus Ruscus of the family Ruscaceae, native to Eurasia. The plants lack leaves but have flattened, leaflike branchlets. The small flower clusters are borne in the centre of the branchlets, or on one side of… …   Universalium

  • butcher's broom — (boochґərz) 1. Ruscus aculeatus. 2. preparations of the rhizome R. aculeatus, used for symptomatic treatment of hemorrhoids and venous insufficiency …   Medical dictionary

  • butcher's broom — noun a low evergreen shrub, with flat shoots that give the appearance of stiff spine tipped leaves. [Ruscus aculeatus.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • butcher's broom — noun shrub with stiff flattened stems resembling leaves (cladophylls); used for making brooms • Syn: ↑Ruscus aculeatus • Hypernyms: ↑shrub, ↑bush • Member Holonyms: ↑Ruscus, ↑genus Ruscus …   Useful english dictionary

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