[grees-woo d]


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.
Western U.S. mesquite.

Origin of greasewood

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; grease + wood1
Also called grease·bush [grees-boo sh] /ˈgrisˌbʊʃ/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for greasewood

Historical Examples of greasewood

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for greasewood


greasebush (ˈɡriːsˌbʊʃ)


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
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