butcher's-broom

[ boo ch-erz-broom, -broo m ]
/ ˈbʊtʃ ərzˌbrum, -ˌbrʊm /

noun

a shrubby European evergreen, Ruscus aculeatus, of the lily family: used for making brooms.

Origin of butcher's-broom

First recorded in 1555–65
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British Dictionary definitions for butcher's-broom

butcher's-broom


noun

a liliaceous evergreen shrub, Ruscus aculeatus, that has stiff prickle-tipped flattened green stems, which resemble and function as true leaves. The plant was formerly used for making brooms
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