from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A spiny shrub (Sarcobatus vermiculatus) of western North America, having small alternate leaves, white stems, and small greenish flowers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several spiny shrubs containing oil, of the genus Sarcobatus, native to the United States.
- n. Chamise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a scraggy, stunted, and somewhat prickly shrub (Sarcobatus vermiculatus) of the Spinach family, very abundant in alkaline valleys from the upper Missouri to California. The name is also applied to other plants of the same family, as several species of Atriplex and Obione.
- n. A low hardy much-branched spiny shrub (Sarcobatus vermiculatus) common in alkaline soils of Western America.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of various low shrubs prevalent in saline localities in the dry valleys of the western United States. They are mostly chenopodiaceous, of the genera Sarcobatus, Grayia, Atriplex, Spirostachys, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. low hardy much-branched spiny shrub common in alkaline soils of western America
From grease + wood. (Wiktionary)