[ 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.

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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