fetter-bush

fetterbush

[fet-er-boosh]
noun
1.
an evergreen shrub, Lyonia lucida, of the heath family, native to the southern U.S., having clusters of fragrant, white flowers.
2.
a similar shrub, Pieris floribunda, having long upright clusters of small white flowers.
3.
any of several heathlike shrubs of the southern U.S.

Origin:
1855–60, Americanism; fetter + bush1; so called because it impedes walkers

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fetterbush

noun
1. ornamental evergreen shrub of southeastern United States having small white bell-shaped flowers 
2. showy evergreen shrub of southeastern United States with shiny leaves and angled branches and clusters of pink to reddish flowers that resemble an umbel 
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