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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
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40; grease + wood1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Why in this world are you talking about stones and sage and greasewood?

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Of course it worked toward the low place where grew the greasewood bush.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
  • He came upon it at last wedged against a clump of greasewood.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • Got a bad fall and when I come to I was lying down the hill against some greasewood.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • Only occasionally the top of a grass tuft or a greasewood shivered.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • 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
  • Again Garrett had to search in the salt grass and greasewood.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • I'm hyer, Mr. Mell'ton, or Mr. greasewood—if that's your name.

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

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine
  • Cactus and greasewood and mesquite, and for a change mesquite and greasewood and cactus!

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine
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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