grease-wood

greasewood

[grees-wood]
noun
1.
a shrub, Sarcobatus vermiculatus, of the amaranth family, growing in alkaline regions of the western U.S., containing a small amount of oil.
2.
any of various similar shrubs.
3.
white sage ( def 1 ).
4.
Western U.S. mesquite.
Also called greasebush [grees-boosh] .


Origin:
1830–40, Americanism; grease + wood1

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greasewood or greasebush (ˈɡriːsˌwʊd, ˈɡriːsˌbʊʃ)
 
n
1.  Also called: chico a spiny chenopodiaceous shrub, Sarcobatus vermiculatus of W North America, that yields an oil used as a fuel
2.  any of various similar or related plants, such as the creosote bush
 
greasebush or greasebush
 
n

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