Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various shrubs or small trees of the genus Ceanothus, native mostly to western North America and having showy clusters of usually blue or whitish flowers. Also called redroot.

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  • n. Any of the genus Ceanothus of North American buckthorns.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of rhamnaceous shrubs, natives of North America, and especially of California.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin, genus name, from Greek keanōthos, corn-thistle.

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From the genus name.

Examples

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  • "Blues and purples and mauves. Lavender and ceanothus. The drench of suburbia."

    London Orbital by Iain Sinclair, p 136 of the Penguin paperback edition

    January 29, 2012