benjamin-bush

[ben-juh-muh n-boo sh]

Origin of benjamin-bush

First recorded in 1755–65

spicebush

[spahys-boo sh]
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.

Origin of spicebush

An Americanism dating back to 1760–70; spice + bush1
Also called Benjamin-bush.
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Examples from the Web for benjamin-bush

Historical Examples of benjamin-bush

  • You should see the “spice-bush” (wild allspice or fever-bush or Benjamin-bush) in bloom in the damp March woods.

    The Spring of the Year

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • Spice-bush: wild allspice, fever-bush, Benjamin-bush (Benzoin æstivale).

    The Spring of the Year

    Dallas Lore Sharp


British Dictionary definitions for benjamin-bush

spicebush

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