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

  • n. Any of various Australian shrubs or trees of the genera Callistemon and Melaleuca, having densely flowered, cylindrical spikes with numerous, long, protruding stamens that suggest a brush used to clean bottles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various trees or shrubs of the myrtle family, especially of the genera Callistemon and Melaleuca, native to Australia and adjacent areas, having spikes of flowers with numerous conspicuous stamens.
  • n. A cylindrical brush on a thin shaft that is used to clean bottles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a cylindrical brush on a thin shaft that is used to clean bottles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cylindrical brush on a thin shaft that is used to clean bottles


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