burning bush

  1. Bible. a bush that “burned with fire and … was not consumed,” from which an angel spoke to Moses. Exodus 3:2.

  2. Also called firebush, summer cypress. a shrubby plant, Kochia scoparia, of the amaranth family, having dense, feathery foliage that turns red in fall.

  1. any of various plants of the genus Euonymus having bright red foliage in autumn.

Origin of burning bush

First recorded in 1775–85 as a plant name

Words Nearby burning bush

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How to use burning bush in a sentence

  • In fire He appeared at the burning bush; in the pillar of fire He dwelt through all the long wilderness journey.

    The Pursuit of God | A. W. Tozer
  • It was held by the Jews in profound veneration, and its origin supposed to have been by divine revelation at the burning bush.

    The Symbolism of Freemasonry | Albert G. Mackey
  • I have seen living gold; I have seen the Child That was radiant gold as the sun itself, radiant as the burning bush!

    The Tour | Louis Couperus
  • God speaking out of a burning bush or the Ascension to Heaven?

    This Freedom | A. S. M. Hutchinson
  • Mountain on which Moses is said to have seen the burning bush, and to which Elijah fled from Jezebel.

British Dictionary definitions for burning bush

burning bush

  1. a rutaceous shrub, Dictamnus fraxinella, of S Europe and Asia, whose glands release a volatile inflammable oil that can burn without harming the plant: identified as the bush from which God spoke to Moses (Exodus 3:2–4)

  2. any of several shrubs or trees, esp the wahoo, that have bright red fruits or seeds

  1. another name for gas plant

  2. any of several plants, esp kochia, with a bright red autumn foliage

  3. Old Testament the bush that burned without being consumed, from which God spoke to Moses (Exodus 3:2–4)

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Cultural definitions for burning bush

burning bush

A bush described in the Book of Exodus; God revealed himself to Moses, telling him that he must go to the pharaoh to free the Israelites from slavery, and that Moses must also lead them to the Promised Land. This was a miraculous appearance of God, for “the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.” God told Moses, speaking out of the bush, “I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” When Moses asked God for his name, “God said unto Moses, ‘I Am That I Am.’”

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