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

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Word History


from the shape of the flowers

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bottlebrush was in 1839

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“Bottlebrush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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