bit·​ter·​brush | \ ˈbi-tər-ˌbrəsh How to pronounce bitterbrush (audio) \

Definition of bitterbrush

: a much-branched shrub (Purshia tridentata) of the rose family that grows in arid western North America, that has 3-lobed leaves and yellow flowers, and is valuable for forage

Examples of bitterbrush in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Look for good browse vegetation, including plants like bitterbrush, Gamble oak, sagebrush, catclaw acacia, and so on. Outdoor Life, 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of bitterbrush

1910, in the meaning defined above

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“Bitterbrush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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