Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant, Cistus ladaniferus, yielding ladanum. See Cistus, 2, and ladanum.

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Examples

  • At either end of the terrace flourished a thicket of gum-cistus, syringa, stephanotis, and geranium bushes, and the wall itself, dropping sheer down to the road, was bordered with the customary

    Tales from Many Sources Vol. V

  • The cobbled road resolved itself into an unsophisticated path; the stiff cane fences, shutting out all but the tree-tops in the gardens from view, came to an end; and we were in a breeze off the Atlantic, on undulating hills covered with short scrub, gum-cistus, arbutus, tall white heather, oleander, and pink-and-white convolvulus.

    In the Tail of the Peacock

  • Continuing my examination, I was forced to the conclusion that the poor delicate creature was bilious; for the dark eyes gleamed from their round yellow beds like pieces of cannel-coal set in a gum-cistus.

    Lands of the Slave and the Free Cuba, the United States, and Canada

  • All delicate lowly things were most plentiful; but no trees rose skywards, not even a bush overtopped the tall grasses, except in one place near the cottage I am about to describe, where a few plants of the gum-cistus, which drops every night all the blossoms that the day brings forth, formed a kind of natural arbour.

    Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women

  • At either end of the terrace flourished a thicket of gum-cistus, syringa, stephanotis, and geranium bushes; and the wall itself, dropping sheer down to the road, was bordered with the customary

    Stories By English Authors: Italy (Selected by Scribners)

  • There too was the gum-cistus, whose flowers fall every night and come again the next morning, lilacs and syringas and laburnums, and many shrubs besides, of which he did not know the names; but the roses were everywhere.

    At the Back of the North Wind

  • It was not smoky, and was quite quiet, save for the drone and stamp of the steam-press; there was grass, a gum-cistus and some flower - beds in the centre, and a gravel-walk all round, bordered by narrow edgings of flowers, and with fruit trees against the printing-house wall, and a Banksia and Wisteria against that of the house.

    The Pillars of the House, V1

  • Its lateral branches are flat, like a fan, and dotted all over, with star-like blossoms, as large as those of the gum-cistus.

    Domestic Manners of the Americans

  • Many plants we cultivate in England here grow wild in profusion, such as cyclamens, gum-cistus, both white and purple, many rare and beautiful orchideæ, the large flowering Spanish broom, perfuming the air all around, the tall, white-blossomed Mediterranean heath, and the myrtle.

    Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville

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