from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A brush for cleaning bottles.
  • n. The field-horsetail, Equisetum arvense.
  • n. The mare's-tail, Hippuris vulgaris.
  • n. In Australia, the Callistemon lanceolatus. See Callistemon.


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  • With his wild shock of hair, bottle-brush mustache, and spectacles, Karl looked aloof and unapproachable.


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  • Of course, it isn't up to me, so I dragged the white-trash bottle-brush tree down from the attic yesterday and assembled it.

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  • Suddenly his blue eyes snapped open, and he leapt up and started hissing and spitting at the blank wall opposite, his creamy Siamese fur bottle-brush stiff.

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  • He had steel gray hair and a matching bottle-brush mustache.

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  • With these, and with a shorter grass, whose bottle-brush heads of pearly grey reached only to the ankle, the hill-sides were furred white and bowed themselves lowly towards us with each puff of the casual wind.

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  • These flowers, which are shaped like a bottle-brush, are very full of honey.

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  • His eyes and the end of his restless nose were pink; he could scratch himself anywhere he pleased with any leg, front or back, that he chose to use; he could fluff up his tail till it looked like a bottle-brush, and his war-cry as he scuttled through the long grass was: Rikk-tikk-tikki-tikki-tchk!

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  • They had only gone a few paces when Hermione's bandy-legged ginger cat, Crookshanks, came pelting out of the garden, bottle-brush tail held high in the air, chasing what looked like a muddy potato on legs.

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  • He was light-skinned, with a thatch of thick white hair that stood up bottle-brush straight from his head.

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