[ spahys-boo sh ]
/ ˈspaɪsˌbʊʃ /


Also called spice-wood. a yellow-flowered, North American shrub, Lindera benzoin, of the laurel family, whose bark and leaves have a spicy odor.
a North American shrub, Calycanthus occidentalis, having oblong leaves and fragrant, light-brown flowers.

Nearby words

  1. spicate,
  2. spiccato,
  3. spice,
  4. spice islands,
  5. spiceberry,
  6. spicebush swallowtail,
  7. spiced,
  8. spicery,
  9. spicewood,
  10. spicey

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 spicebush

  • There were clam shells piled up with red checkerberries, and caddis worms on the half shell, with spicebush nubbins.

    Woodland Tales|Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • Below is a golden sheen where the spicebush is in flower, and a shimmer of pale green about the early willows.

    In the Open|Stanton Davis Kirkham

British Dictionary definitions for spicebush


/ (ˈspaɪsˌbʊʃ) /


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