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

  • n. An implement used for sweeping, usually consisting of a bunch of twigs, straw, or bristles bound together and attached to a stick or handle.
  • n. Any of various Mediterranean shrubs of the genus Cytisus in the pea family, especially C. scoparius, having mostly compound leaves with three leaflets and showy, usually bright yellow flowers.
  • n. Any of several similar or related shrubs, especially in the genera Genista and Spartium.
  • transitive v. To sweep with or as if with a broom.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A domestic utensil with fibers bound together at the end of a long handle, used for sweeping.
  • n. An implement with which players sweep the ice to make a stone travel further and curl less; a broom or sweeper.
  • n. Any of several yellow-flowered shrubs of the family Leguminosae, in the genera Cytisus and Genista, with long, thin branches and small or few leaves.
  • v. To sweep.
  • v. Alternative form of bream (to clean a ship's bottom)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant having twigs suitable for making brooms to sweep with when bound together; esp., the Cytisus scoparius of Western Europe, which is a low shrub with long, straight, green, angular branches, minute leaves, and large yellow flowers.
  • n. An implement for sweeping floors, etc., commonly made of the panicles or tops of broom corn, bound together or attached to a long wooden handle; -- so called because originally made of the twigs of the broom.
  • transitive v. See bream.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sweep, or clear away, as with a broom.
  • Same as bream.
  • n. The popular name of several plants, mostly leguminous shrubs, characterized by long, slender branches and numerous yellow flowers.
  • n. A besom, or brush with a long handle, for sweeping floors, etc.: so called from being originally made of the broom-plant.

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

  • v. finish with a broom
  • v. sweep with a broom or as if with a broom
  • n. any of various shrubs of the genera Cytisus or Genista or Spartium having long slender branches and racemes of yellow flowers
  • n. common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere
  • n. a cleaning implement for sweeping; bundle of straws or twigs attached to a long handle


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

Middle English, from Old English brōm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English, from Old English brōm ‘brushwood’, from Proto-Germanic *brēm- ‘bramble’ (compare Dutch braam, Low German Braam), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrem-, from *bʰer- ‘edge’. Related to brim, brink.



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