from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The June-berry or service-berry, Amelanchier Canadensis: so named in New England because it blossoms just when shad appear in the rivers. (Gray.)


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  • Since pre-Columbian times, the March blossoming of the shad-bush along the Eastern Seaboard has heralded the beginning of the spring shad run.

    Field and Stream Guide: The American Shad

  • Then she began to pluck, and put them sometimes in her mouth, sometimes in her pail, and so long did she linger over her pleasant task that the sun was already in the tops of the pine-trees, when, returning from a little excursion into the woods to get a sprig from a "shad-bush,"

    St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878

  • One moment of dumb terror, and then a feeling of anger and reckless courage filled the heart of the woodsman's child, and, darting forward, she made a snatch at her pail, at the same time dealing the young robber a sharp blow over the face and eyes with the branch of shad-bush in her hand, and exclaiming:

    St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878

  • Under foot the meadow turf oozed water, the shad-bush petals fell like confetti before the rough assault of horse and rider.

    O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1920

  • The emerald wheat-fields, the rosy buds of the apple-tree, the half-transparent leaves of the trees, the anemones on their restless stalks, the shad-bush (_Amelanchier Botryapium_), the quivering poplars, and the peculiar balsamic odor which one perceives in the woods at that season are so exactly what we find in our New-England

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 76, February, 1864

  • Danced on their stalks; the shad-bush, white with flowers,

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 76, February, 1864

  • [Page 9] tamarac swamp, shad-bush and drifting cloud, and faith in the creed of her fathers, that saw the Great Spirit in all things and that reverenced Him at all times, and over and above it all the sad note that tells of a proud race, conscious that it has been crushed by numbers, that its day is over and its heritage gone forever.

    The Shagganappi

  • The wild ginger with its two large leaves and its queer little blossoms close to the ground is another delight to the saunterer along the rocky slopes, where the feathery shad-bush -- the aronia of Whittier -- with its wealth of snowy blossoms and the wild plum not far away, with its masses of pure white, are inspirations to clean and sweet lives, calling to mind the lines of Wordsworth:

    Some Spring Days in Iowa

  • At camps and carries: raspberry, Vaccinium Canadense (Canada blueberry), Prunus Pennsylvanica also along shore (wild red cherry), Amelanchier Canadensis (shad-bush), Sambucus pubens (red-berried elder).

    The Maine Woods

  • Amelanchier Canadensis (shad-bush), rocky carries, &c.; considerable fruit in 1857.

    The Maine Woods


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