butcher's-broom

[boo ch-erz-broom, -broo m]

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. butcher linen,
  2. butcher paper,
  3. butcher shop,
  4. butcher's,
  5. butcher's saw,
  6. butcherbird,
  7. butcherly,
  8. butchery,
  9. butchy,
  10. bute

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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