rabbit brush

rabbitbrush

[rab-it-bruhsh]
noun
any of several composite shrubs of the genus Chrysothamnus, of the western U.S. and Mexico, having whitish, hairy branches and yellow flowers.

Origin:
1860–65; rabbit + brush2; so called because it provides shelter for jackrabbits

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rabbit brush

noun
pleasantly aromatic shrub having erect slender flexible hairy branches and dense clusters of small yellow flowers covering vast areas of western alkali plains and affording a retreat for jackrabbits; source of a yellow dye used by the Navajo 
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