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mistletoe

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noun mis·tle·toe \ˈmi-səl-ˌtō, chiefly British ˈmi-zəl-\

Simple Definition of mistletoe

  • : a plant with yellowish flowers and white berries that is traditionally used as a Christmas decoration

Full Definition of mistletoe

  1. :  a European semiparasitic green shrub (Viscum album of the family Loranthaceae, the mistletoe family) with thick leaves, small yellowish flowers, and waxy-white glutinous berries; broadly :  any of various plants of the mistletoe family (as of an American genus Phoradendron) resembling the true mistletoe

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Origin of mistletoe

Middle English mistilto, from Old English misteltān, from mistel mistletoe + tān twig; akin to Old High German & Old Saxon mistil mistletoe and to Old High German zein twig


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with mistletoe

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MISTLETOE Defined for Kids

mistletoe

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noun mis·tle·toe \ˈmi-səl-ˌtō\

Definition of mistletoe

  1. :  a plant with waxy white berries that grows on the branches and trunks of trees




Medical Dictionary

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noun mis·tle·toe \ˈmis-əl-ˌtō, chiefly British ˈmiz-\

Medical Definition of mistletoe

  1. :  any of various parasitic or semiparasitic plants (family Loranthaceae, the mistletoe family) that have thick leathery mostly opposite and sometimes scaly leaves and include some formerly used in preparations with oxytocic, antispasmodic, or heart-stimulating properties: asa:  a European semiparasitic green shrub (Viscum album) having somewhat poisonous leaves, stems, and waxy-white glutinous berries that have been used in folk medicineb:  any of various American plants (genus Phoradendron and especially P. serotinum synonym P. flavescens) resembling the true mistletoe of Europe





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