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spicebush

[spahys-boo sh] /ˈspaɪsˌbʊʃ/
noun
1.
Also called spice-wood. a yellow-flowered, North American shrub, Lindera benzoin, of the laurel family, whose bark and leaves have a spicy odor.
2.
a North American shrub, Calycanthus occidentalis, having oblong leaves and fragrant, light-brown flowers.
Also called Benjamin-bush.
Origin of spicebush
1760-1770
1760-70, Americanism; spice + bush1
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  • Below is a golden sheen where the spicebush is in flower, and a shimmer of pale green about the early willows.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • There were clam shells piled up with red checkerberries, and caddis worms on the half shell, with spicebush nubbins.

    Woodland Tales Ernest Seton-Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for spicebush

spicebush

/ˈspaɪsˌbʊʃ/
noun
1.
a North American lauraceous shrub, Lindera benzoin, having yellow flowers and aromatic leaves and bark
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