[ben-juh-muh n-boo sh]
Origin of benjamin-bush
First recorded in 1755–65
- Also called spice-wood. a yellow-flowered, North American shrub, Lindera benzoin, of the laurel family, whose bark and leaves have a spicy odor.
- a North American shrub, Calycanthus occidentalis, having oblong leaves and fragrant, light-brown flowers.
Origin of spicebush
Also called Benjamin-bush.
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Examples from the Web for benjamin-bush
You should see the “spice-bush” (wild allspice or fever-bush or Benjamin-bush) in bloom in the damp March woods.
Spice-bush: wild allspice, fever-bush, Benjamin-bush (Benzoin æstivale).
- a North American lauraceous shrub, Lindera benzoin, having yellow flowers and aromatic leaves and bark
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