Spanish broom
Spanish Span"ish, a. Of or pertaining to Spain or the Spaniards. [1913 Webster]

{Spanish bayonet} (Bot.), a liliaceous plant ({Yucca alorifolia}) with rigid spine-tipped leaves. The name is also applied to other similar plants of the Southwestern United States and mexico. Called also {Spanish daggers}.

{Spanish bean} (Bot.) See the Note under {Bean}.

{Spanish black}, a black pigment obtained by charring cork. --Ure.

{Spanish broom} (Bot.), a leguminous shrub ({Spartium junceum}) having many green flexible rushlike twigs.

{Spanish brown}, a species of earth used in painting, having a dark reddish brown color, due to the presence of sesquioxide of iron.

{Spanish buckeye} (Bot.), a small tree ({Ungnadia speciosa}) of Texas, New Mexico, etc., related to the buckeye, but having pinnate leaves and a three-seeded fruit.

{Spanish burton} (Naut.), a purchase composed of two single blocks. A

{double Spanish burton} has one double and two single blocks. --Luce (Textbook of Seamanship).

{Spanish chalk} (Min.), a kind of steatite; -- so called because obtained from Aragon in Spain.

{Spanish cress} (Bot.), a cruciferous plant ({Lepidium Cadamines}), a species of peppergrass.

{Spanish curlew} (Zo["o]l.), the long-billed curlew. [U.S.]

{Spanish daggers} (Bot.) See {Spanish bayonet}.

{Spanish elm} (Bot.), a large West Indian tree ({Cordia Gerascanthus}) furnishing hard and useful timber.

{Spanish feretto}, a rich reddish brown pigment obtained by calcining copper and sulphur together in closed crucibles.

{Spanish flag} (Zo["o]l.), the California rockfish ({Sebastichthys rubrivinctus}). It is conspicuously colored with bands of red and white.

{Spanish fly} (Zo["o]l.), a brilliant green beetle, common in the south of Europe, used for raising blisters. See {Blister beetle} under {Blister}, and {Cantharis}.

{Spanish fox} (Naut.), a yarn twisted against its lay.

{Spanish grass}. (Bot.) See {Esparto}.

{Spanish juice} (Bot.), licorice.

{Spanish leather}. See {Cordwain}.

{Spanish mackerel}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A species of mackerel ({Scomber colias}) found both in Europe and America. In America called {chub mackerel}, {big-eyed mackerel}, and {bull mackerel}. (b) In the United States, a handsome mackerel having bright yellow round spots ({Scomberomorus maculatus}), highly esteemed as a food fish. The name is sometimes erroneously applied to other species. See Illust. under Mackerel.

{Spanish main}, the name formerly given to the southern portion of the Caribbean Sea, together with the contiguous coast, embracing the route traversed by Spanish treasure ships from the New to the Old World.

{Spanish moss}. (Bot.) See {Tillandsia} (and note at that entry).

{Spanish needles} (Bot.), a composite weed ({Bidens bipinnata}) having achenia armed with needlelike awns.

{Spanish nut} (Bot.), a bulbous plant ({Iris Sisyrinchium}) of the south of Europe.

{Spanish potato} (Bot.), the sweet potato. See under {Potato}.

{Spanish red}, an ocherous red pigment resembling Venetian red, but slightly yellower and warmer. --Fairholt.

{Spanish reef} (Naut.), a knot tied in the head of a jib-headed sail.

{Spanish sheep} (Zo["o]l.), a merino.

{Spanish white}, an impalpable powder prepared from chalk by pulverizing and repeated washings, -- used as a white pigment.

{Spanish windlass} (Naut.), a wooden roller, with a rope wound about it, into which a marline spike is thrust to serve as a lever. [1913 Webster]


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  • Spanish broom — Broom Broom (br[=oo]m), n. [OE. brom, brome, AS. br[=o]m; akin to LG. bram, D. brem, OHG. br[=a]mo broom, thorn?bush, G. brombeere blackberry. Cf. {Bramble}, n.] 1. (Bot.) A plant having twigs suitable for making brooms to sweep with when bound… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spanish Broom — Taxobox name = Spanish Broom status = LR/lc image width = 240px regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Fabales familia = Fabaceae genus = Spartium species = S. junceum binomial = Spartium junceum binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • Spanish-broom — vikšrinis kiškiakrūmis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pupinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, prieskoninis, pluoštinis augalas (Spartium junceum), paplitęs Afrikos šiaurėje, Europos pietuose, Azijos pietvakariuose. Naudojamas maisto priedams… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Spanish broom — noun 1. tall thornless shrub having pale yellow flowers and flexible rushlike twigs used in basketry; of southwestern Europe and Mediterranean; naturalized in California • Syn: ↑weaver s broom, ↑Spartium junceum • Hypernyms: ↑broom • Member… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Spanish broom — /spænɪʃ ˈbrum/ (say spanish broohm) noun a fabaceous shrub with long rush like stems and yellow flowers, Spartium junceum, a frequently cultivated native of southern Europe …   Australian English dictionary

  • Spanish broom — a spiny, often leafless shrub, Genista hispanica, of the legume family, native to southern Europe, having clustered, golden yellow flowers and hairy pods. [1555 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • white Spanish broom — noun low European broom having trifoliate leaves and yellowish white flowers • Syn: ↑white broom, ↑Cytisus albus, ↑Cytisus multiflorus • Hypernyms: ↑broom • Member Holonyms: ↑Cytisus, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Broom — (br[=oo]m), n. [OE. brom, brome, AS. br[=o]m; akin to LG. bram, D. brem, OHG. br[=a]mo broom, thorn?bush, G. brombeere blackberry. Cf. {Bramble}, n.] 1. (Bot.) A plant having twigs suitable for making brooms to sweep with when bound together; esp …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spanish — Span ish, a. Of or pertaining to Spain or the Spaniards. [1913 Webster] {Spanish bayonet} (Bot.), a liliaceous plant ({Yucca alorifolia}) with rigid spine tipped leaves. The name is also applied to other similar plants of the Southwestern United… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spanish bayonet — Spanish Span ish, a. Of or pertaining to Spain or the Spaniards. [1913 Webster] {Spanish bayonet} (Bot.), a liliaceous plant ({Yucca alorifolia}) with rigid spine tipped leaves. The name is also applied to other similar plants of the Southwestern …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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