American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An evergreen shrub (Ruscus aculeatus) native to Europe and the Mediterranean region, having leaflike stems, greenish flowers, and usually red berries.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See butcher's broom, under broom.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a plant (Ruscus aculeatus) of the Smilax family, used by butchers for brooms to sweep their blocks; -- called also
knee holly. See Cladophyll.
- (Bot.) A genus of plants (Ruscus); esp. Ruscus aculeatus, which has large red berries and leaflike branches. See cladophyll.
- n. shrub with stiff flattened stems resembling leaves (cladophylls); used for making brooms
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