bottlebrush

noun
bot·​tle·​brush | \ ˈbä-tᵊl-ˌbrəsh How to pronounce bottlebrush (audio) \

Definition of bottlebrush

: any of a genus (Callistemon) of Australian trees and shrubs of the myrtle family widely cultivated in warm regions especially for their spikes of brightly colored flowers

Examples of bottlebrush in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bottlebrush can be damaged during severe winters but normally survives. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 24 Apr. 2021 This traditional Christmas setup has it all: A mini gingerbread house, bottlebrush trees, candy canes, and of course hot cocoa. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Dec. 2020 The plants have yellow-green sprays of flowers that are tightly packed together and resemble a bottlebrush cleaner, Edwards says. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Feb. 2020 Stick bottlebrush trees and figurines into the styrofoam, using craft glue if needed. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, 26 Nov. 2019 Unlike The Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra) tree found in middle America, bottlebrush buckeye is a vigorous, suckering shrub. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 19 July 2019 Outside, bottlebrush trees, native plants and herbs line the pool. Kadee Krieger, NOLA.com, 29 Mar. 2018 Your bottlebrushes may just be slow, so give them some more time to show signs of life near the base of the shrubs as well as along the branches. Kathy Huber, Houston Chronicle, 2 Mar. 2018 Fortnight lilies and kangaroo paw add height, while dwarf rosemary, feathery cassia, dwarf bottlebrush, sun-loving gaura, red fountain grass and other miscellaneous grasses add texture. Lisa Boone, latimes.com, 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of bottlebrush

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bottlebrush

from the shape of the flowers

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“Bottlebrush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bottlebrush. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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