butcher's broom


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n butcher's broom shrub with stiff flattened stems resembling leaves (cladophylls); used for making brooms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Butcher's broom (Bot) A genus of plants (Ruscus); esp. Ruscus aculeatus, which has large red berries and leaflike branches. See Cladophyll.
    • Butcher's broom a plant (Ruscus aculeatus) of the Smilax family, used by butchers for brooms to sweep their blocks; -- called also knee holly. See Cladophyll.
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In literature:

Them's all set edgewise like butcher's broom, and pretty stuff that is.
"The Dingo Boys" by G. Manville Fenn
RUSCUS ACULEATUS (Butcher's Broom), a native of this country, is invaluable for planting in shady, sheltered spots.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
Butcher's broom is known in Wales as Mary's holly, the latter half of the name referring to its red berries and prickly leaves.
"Springtime and Other Essays" by Francis Darwin