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

  • n. A Eurasian parasitic shrub (Viscum album) having leathery evergreen leaves and waxy white berries.
  • n. Any of several American parasitic shrubs, such as Phoradendron flavescens of eastern North America.
  • n. A sprig of mistletoe, often used as a Christmas decoration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several parasitic evergreen plants with white berries that grow in the crowns of oaks, apple trees and other trees.
  • n. A sprig of these plants used as a Christmas decoration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A parasitic evergreen plant of Europe (Viscum album), bearing a glutinous fruit. When found upon the oak, where it is rare, it was an object of superstitious regard among the Druids. A bird lime is prepared from its fruit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A European plant, Viscum album, of the natural order Loranthaceæ, growing parasitically on various trees.
  • n. A plant of some other species of Viscum, or of one of the genera Loranthus, Phoradendron, and Arceuthobium, their species almost all having the same parasitic habit.

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

  • n. shrub of central and southeastern Europe; partially parasitic on beeches, chestnuts and oaks
  • n. American plants closely resembling Old World mistletoe
  • n. Old World parasitic shrub having branching greenish stems with leathery leaves and waxy white glutinous berries; the traditional mistletoe of Christmas


Middle English mistelto, back-formation from Old English misteltān (tān, taken for pl. of , toe) : mistel, mistletoe; + tān, twig.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English misteltān, from mistel ‘mistletoe’ + tān ‘twig’. Compare mistle. (Wiktionary)



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