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  • n. Alternative spelling of hobblebush.


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  • Floral report includes the usual suspects, plus hobble-bush.

    jhetley: Friday roadkill report

  • Affronted, the snake writhed off at a good rate of speed into a hobble-bush, and next thing, a loud shriek came from the other side of the bush.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • I hitched up the rope, which was beginning to rub the skin off my shoulder, and began sidling downward through sumac and hobble-bush, bracing my feet against rocks and grabbing at branches to keep from slipping.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • The conspicuous berry-bearing bushes and trees along the shore were the red osier, with its whitish fruit, hobble-bush, mountain-ash, tree-cranberry, choke-cherry, now ripe, alternate cornel, and naked viburnum.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 02, No. 08, June 1858

  • Following Joe's example, I ate the fruit of the last, and also of the hobble-bush, but found them rather insipid and seedy.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 02, No. 08, June 1858

  • The mountain-ash was now very handsome, as also the wayfarer's-tree or hobble-bush, with its ripe purple berries mixed with red.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 02, No. 08, June 1858

  • On the round table stood a huge Indian jar of pale green porcelain, filled with nodding purple iris; the green glass bowls held double buttercups and hobble-bush sprays, while two portraits, those of Dundee and William the Silent, were wreathed in long garlands of white hawthorn.

    Hildegarde's Neighbors

  • The Viburnums are generally well colored at this season; the large leaves of the hobble-bush especially are quite showy now.

    Rural Hours

  • This is the American "wayfaring tree," but on several accounts it scarcely deserves the name; though pretty in its way, it is only a shrub, and instead of giving pleasure to the wanderer, it is frequently an obstacle in his path, for the long branches will sometimes root themselves anew from the ends, thus making a tangled thicket about them; this habit, indeed, has given to the shrub the name of "hobble-bush."

    Rural Hours

  • We went down to the Great Meadow, beyond Mill Island; the wood which borders it was gay with the white blossoms of the wild cherries and June-berry, the wild plum and the hobble-bush, all very common with us.

    Rural Hours


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