Viscum album
Mistletoe Mis"tle*toe, n. [AS. mistelt[=a]n; mistel mistletoe + t[=a]n twig. AS. mistel is akin of D., G., Dan. & Sw. mistel, OHG. mistil, Icel. mistilteinn; and AS. t[=a]n to D. teen, OHG. zein, Icel. teinn, Goth. tains. Cf. {Missel}.] (Bot.) A parasitic evergreen plant of Europe ({Viscum album}), bearing a glutinous fruit. When found upon the oak, where it is rare, it was an object of superstitious regard among the Druids. A bird lime is prepared from its fruit. [Written also {misletoe}, {misseltoe}, and {mistleto}.] --Lindley. --Loudon. [1913 Webster]

Note: The mistletoe of the United States is {Phoradendron serotinum} (syn. {Phoradendron flavescens}), having broader leaves than the European kind. In different regions various similar plants are called by this name. The mistletoe is used as a decoration at Christmas time, and it is a tradition that two persons of the oposite sex finding each other under a mistletoe sprig should kiss. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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  • Viscum album — Viscin Vis cin, n. (Chem.) A clear, viscous, tasteless substance extracted from the mucilaginous sap of the mistletoe ({Viscum album}), holly, etc., and constituting an essential ingredient of birdlime. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Viscum album — noun Old World parasitic shrub having branching greenish stems with leathery leaves and waxy white glutinous berries; the traditional mistletoe of Christmas • Syn: ↑mistletoe, ↑Old World mistletoe • Hypernyms: ↑parasitic plant • Member Holonyms:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Viscum album — ID 88540 Symbol Key VIAL2 Common Name European mistletoe Family Viscaceae Category Dicot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Introduced to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution CA Growth Habit Subshrub, Shrub Dura …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Viscum album — Mistelten …   Danske encyklopædi

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