I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English brōm; akin to Old High German brāmo bramble Date: before 12th century 1. any of various leguminous shrubs (especially genera Cytisus and Genista) with long slender branches, small leaves, and usually showy yellow flowers; especially Scotch broom 2. a bundle of firm stiff twigs or fibers bound together on a long handle especially for sweeping II. transitive verb Date: 1838 1. to sweep with or as if with a broom 2. to finish (as a concrete surface) by means of a broom

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