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 together; esp., the {Cytisus scoparius} of Western Europe, which is a low shrub with long, straight, green, angular branches, minute leaves, and large yellow flowers. [1913 Webster]

No gypsy cowered o'er fires of furze and broom. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

2. An implement for sweeping floors, etc., commonly made of the panicles or tops of broom corn, bound together or attached to a long wooden handle; -- so called because originally made of the twigs of the broom. [1913 Webster]

{Butcher's broom}, a plant ({Ruscus aculeatus}) of the Smilax family, used by butchers for brooms to sweep their blocks; -- called also {knee holly}. See {Cladophyll}.

{Dyer's broom}, a species of mignonette ({Reseda luteola}), used for dyeing yellow; dyer's weed; dyer's rocket.

{Spanish broom}. See under {Spanish}. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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 …   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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