Witches'-broom

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Witches'-broom a popular name for the broom-like tufts of branches developed on the silver-fir, birch, cherry, &c. by means of an uredineous fungus
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. wicche (both masc. and fem.)—A.S. wicca (masc.), wicce (fem.), wizard, witch; prob. reduced from wítega, wítiga, witga, a seer (Old High Ger. wīzago)—a supposed adj. wítig, seeing—wítan, to see, allied to witan, to know. For the change, cf. Orchard—A.S. ortgeard. Cf. Wit and Wicked.

Usage

In literature:

So when the witch came up to it on her broom she found that there was nothing for it but to turn round and go back to her hut.
"The Yellow Fairy Book" by Various
The well-known "Witches-Brooms," or "Hexen-Besen," produced by the fungus Aecidium elatinum.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
I would a witch were at hand with a broom or a tail of a mare.
"Between Whiles" by Helen Hunt Jackson
Poole; also the favorite broom-stick of the witch of Endor.
"Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions" by Slason Thompson
Four broken chairs and a broom-handle savoured of a witch's frolic.
"The Original Fables of La Fontaine" by Jean de la Fontaine
It is supposed that a broom placed behind the door will keep off witches.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
When the old witch saw this, she seized a broom and flew away.
"Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know" by Various
All the while we had been on the lookout for witches' brooms.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
Make witches' brooms by tying slashed paper tied on any old sticks or brooms to give the effect.
"Armour's Monthly Cook Book, Volume 2, No. 12, October 1913" by Various
Sometimes it was an old witch riding through the air on a broom and carrying her husband on her nose.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
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In poetry:

But now my torpid fancy wakes,
And, on thy Eagle's plume,
Rides forth, like Sindbad on his bird,
Or witch upon her broom!
"On Receiving An Eagle's Quill From Lake Superior" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

LEWISBURG — Halloween is just around the corner, and children must decide which costume will be scarier — a broom-toting witch in a pointy hat or a sheet-draped ghost.
Discovered as a witch's broom on Cryptomeria japonica 'Gracilis', C.
"How to make a witches broom.".
Some plant distortions caused by witches' broom.
"How to make a witches broom .".
Part of a celestial witch's broom .
The witch throws a party and Jimmy & Freddy try to escape on the Vroom Broom.
Give witches a place to park their brooms on Halloween with this designated doormat.
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