butcher's broom

butcher's-broom

[booch-erz-broom, -broom]
noun
a shrubby European evergreen, Ruscus aculeatus, of the lily family: used for making brooms.

Origin:
1555–65

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butcher's-broom
 
n
a liliaceous evergreen shrub, Ruscus aculeatus, that has stiff prickle-tipped flattened green stems, which resemble and function as true leaves. The plant was formerly used for making brooms

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butcher's broom

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 the branchlet. The fruit is a red berry

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