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greasewood

[grees-woo d] /ˈgrisˌwʊd/
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-boo sh] /ˈgrisˌbʊʃ/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism; grease + wood1
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British Dictionary definitions for grease-wood

greasewood

/ˈɡriːsˌwʊd/
noun
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
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Encyclopedia Article for grease-wood

greasewood

((species Sarcobatus vermiculatus), North American weedy shrub of the Sarcobataceae family. Greasewood is a characteristic plant of strongly alkaline and saline soils in the desert plains of western North America. It is a much-branched, somewhat spiny shrub, up to 3 metres (10 feet) high. The small, fleshy, toothless leaves lack stalks.

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