American mistletoe


Definition of American mistletoe

1 : a small scaly leafless herb (Arceuthobium pusillum) that is parasitic on spruce and larch and has reddish brown stems, minute flowers, and berrylike fruits

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First Known Use of American mistletoe

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“American mistletoe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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