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creosote bush

any of several shrubs belonging to the genus Larrea, of the caltrop family, especially L. tridentata, of arid regions of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, having yellow flowers and resinous foliage with a strong odor of creosote.
Origin of creosote bush
1840-50, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for creosote bush
  • The first photo has sagebrush in the foreground and creosote bush in the background.
  • The creosote bush is an ideal place for small burrowing animals to excavate their homes.
  • They prefer areas with creosote bush, but they are found in other desert habitats.
  • Vegetation is predominantly creosote bush desert scrub and desert wash scrub.
  • The vegetation types are predominantly creosote bush desert scrub and desert wash scrub.
  • On alluvial fans, the creosote bush have lush foliage and their yellow flowers add a subtle touch of color.
  • Natural vegetation in this region is predominantly creosote bush.
British Dictionary definitions for creosote bush

creosote bush

a shrub, Larrea (or Covillea) tridentata of the western US and Mexico, that has resinous leaves with an odour resembling creosote, and can live for many thousands of years: family Zygophyllaceae Also called greasewood
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