butchers 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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