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

  • n. A spiny shrub (Ceanothus cordulatus) of California and Oregon, having large clusters of small white flowers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of several shrubs bearing profuse white flowers. such are Ceanothus cordulatus of Californian mountains, Olearia stellulata of Australia and Tasmania, and Phyllanthus nivalis of the New Hebrides.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Other plants such as the chaparral snowbush require the heat of wildland fires to crack their seed coats.

    Fire ecology fact sheet

  • At their feet clutched snowbush, ground juniper, the gnarled fingers of manza├▒ita, like devotees.

    The Rules of the Game

  • From the side hill, exposed all the afternoon to the California summer sun, rose tepid odours of bear-clover and snowbush, which exhaled out into space, giving way to the wandering, faint perfumes of night.

    The Rules of the Game

  • As he replaced his hat, his eye caught a glimpse of a man crouching and gliding cautiously forward through the low concealment of the snowbush.

    The Rules of the Game

  • They were scattered all over the hill, cropping busily at the snowbush, moving ever slowly forward.

    The Rules of the Game

  • Keep a close watch if this pest is present in your landscape and treat if the caterpillars start to gnaw on the snowbush branches. Stories

  • This yellow and black snowbush spanworm is dining heartily. Stories

  • Consider paying a child a penny a worm to pick snowbush spanworms off your plants and drop them into a container of soapy water. Stories

  • As an adult, the snowbush spanworm is a white-tipped black moth. Stories


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.