burning bush

burning bush

Bible. a bush that “burned with fire and … was not consumed,” from which an angel spoke to Moses. (Ex. 3:2).
Also called firebush, summer cypress. a shrubby plant, Kochia scoparia, of the amaranth family, having dense, feathery foliage that turns red in fall.
any of various plants of the genus Euonymus having bright red foliage in autumn.

1775–85 as a plant name

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burning bush
1.  a rutaceous shrub, Dictamnus fraxinella, of S Europe and Asia, whose glands release a volatile inflammable oil that can burn without harming the plant: identified as the bush from which God spoke to Moses (Exodus 3:2--4)
2.  any of several shrubs or trees, esp the wahoo, that have bright red fruits or seeds
3.  another name for gas plant
4.  any of several plants, esp kochia, with a bright red autumn foliage
5.  Old Testament the bush that burned without being consumed, from which God spoke to Moses (Exodus 3:2--4)

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burning bush definition

A bush described in the Book of Exodus; God revealed himself to Moses, telling him that he must go to the pharaoh to free the Israelites from slavery, and that Moses must also lead them to the Promised Land. This was a miraculous appearance of God, for “the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.” God told Moses, speaking out of the bush, “I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” When Moses asked God for his name, “God said unto Moses, ‘I Am That I Am.’”

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