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[grees-woo d] /ˈgrisˌwʊd/
a shrub, Sarcobatus vermiculatus, of the amaranth family, growing in alkaline regions of the western U.S., containing a small amount of oil.
any of various similar shrubs.
white sage (def 1).
Western U.S. mesquite.
Also called greasebush
[grees-boo sh] /ˈgrisˌbʊʃ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of greasewood
1830-40, Americanism; grease + wood1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then with much deliberation he tied his own pony Apache to a clump of greasewood.

    Overland Red Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • There was no trail, and a road had to be cut through the greasewood and sage brush.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • We proceeded cautiously, keeping out of sight behind some greasewood, until we could see the surface of the pond.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • Again Garrett had to search in the salt grass and greasewood.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • It is made partly of boards, partly of tent cloth, and partly of poles, thatched with greasewood boughs.

    The Mystic Mid-Region Arthur J. Burdick
  • I'm hyer, Mr. Mell'ton, or Mr. greasewood—if that's your name.

    Field and Forest Oliver Optic
  • In a little swale, where the greasewood reached above her head, she stopped again to listen.

  • Then he built a small fire of greasewood and made coffee for them both.

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine
  • He dropped his torch beside a greasewood bush, and cantered on with Curly knee to knee.

    Curly Roger Pocock
  • Why in this world are you talking about stones and sage and greasewood?

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
British Dictionary definitions for greasewood


Also called chico. a spiny chenopodiaceous shrub, Sarcobatus vermiculatus of W North America, that yields an oil used as a fuel
any of various similar or related plants, such as the creosote bush
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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