Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A common name of Acanthocybium solandri, a scombroid fish of tropical seas.
  • noun A North American shrub, the burning-bush, Euonymus atropurpureus, ornamental in autumn for its pendulous capsules, revealing in dehiscence the bright-scarlet arils of its seeds. Its bark is the officinal euonymus, credited with cholagogic and laxative properties.
  • noun The bearberry of the Pacific United States, Rhamnus Purshiana, the source of cascara sagrada, perhaps so called from its medicinal affinity to the former.
  • noun The winged elm, Ulmus alata, a small tree with corky winged branches, found southward in the United States. The wood is unwedgeable, and is largely used for hubs, blocks, etc. The name has also been applied to Tilia heterophylla (see Tilia) and to the Japanese quince (which see, under quince).
  • noun Also written waahoo (this form being sometimes used distinctively in sense 1) and whahoo.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A dark blue scombroid food fish (Acanthocibium solandri or Acanthocibium petus) of Florida and the West Indies.
  • noun A certain shrub (Evonymus atropurpureus) having purple capsules which in dehiscence expose the scarlet-ariled seeds; -- called also burning bush.
  • noun Cascara buckthorn.
  • noun Basswood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Acanthocybium solandri, a tropical and subtropical game fish
  • noun Euonymus atropurpureus, a burning bush.
  • noun southern US The winged elm, Ulmus alata.

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

  • noun large fast-moving predacious food and game fish; found worldwide
  • noun deciduous shrub having purple capsules enclosing scarlet seeds
  • noun upright deciduous plant with crimson pods and seeds; the eastern United States from New York to Florida and Texas

Etymologies

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From Creek *uhawhu.

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From a Dakota word, the first element of which is cognate to Lakota waŋ ("arrow").

Examples

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  • an exclamation, a tree, a fish. . .a refrain in a Red Clay Ramblers song.

    June 27, 2007