from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of parasitic shrubs, including the mistletoe of Europe.
- n. Birdlime, which is often made from the berries of the European mistletoe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of parasitic plants, including the mistletoe, type of the tribe Visceæ in the order Loranthaceæ.
- n. [lowercase] Bird-lime.
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- n. type genus of the Viscaceae: Old World evergreen shrubs parasitic on many trees including oaks but especially apple trees, poplars, aspens and cottonwoods
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Mistletoe (Viscum album) in Europe and (Phoradendron flavescens variety in America) is another herb associated with the holiday season.
Common mistletoe (Viscum album), heart-seed and rubber tube with a Tokoname pottery vase from the Japanese, Muromachi period (14th-16th centuries)
It is still common in England to see the leaves and berries of Viscum album, the European mistletoe, hung in some prominent position at Christmastime to ward off evil spirits.
_Santalum_, _Loranthus_, _Viscum_, and some other plants, the anomalous structure of which appeared calculated to throw light on this still obscure and difficult subject.
Besides a case in point exists in Viscum, or Loranthus, in which no point is ready prepared for the reception of the male influence; showing how universal the law is, that in no one point or place is there an absolute want of gradation.
Viscum has one attachment, but from this many branches spring after the form of the primary one.
On the Ovulum of _Santalum_, _Osyris_, _Loranthus_ and _Viscum_.
_Maizurrye_ used for netting ropes for bedsteads, Viscum of Baloot, used for food of domestic animals.
Notes on the Development of the Ovulum of _Loranthus_ and _Viscum_; and on the mode of Parasitism of these two genera.
Percherons, Equilans, from the ancient cry of the Druids, _Au guy l'an neuf_, i.e. _Ad Viscum, annul novus_, or to the mistletoe the new-year, when on new-year's day the Pagans went into the forests to seek the mistletoe on the oaks.