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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This set of nine bottlebrush trees is perfect for setting up your own holiday display without spending a ton of money. Katie Melynn Published, Peoplemag, 2 Dec. 2022 This red bottlebrush bird will be a gorgeous addition to the tree. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 30 Nov. 2022 Accessorize with mini bottlebrush trees and a small house figure, and use a sparkly ribbon to hang it on the front door or over the mantel. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Nov. 2022 New Mexico is home to four evergreen juniper species and the Colorado piñon, a small tree with short bottlebrush needles that sprout from dense branches. Sara Van Note, WIRED, 6 Nov. 2022 Pom poms and mini bottlebrush trees are Christmas craft staples, so put the leftovers to good use with a DIY ball pit for your elf. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 28 Oct. 2022 Set bottlebrush trees in a repurposed wood box for the ultimate country centerpiece. Chloe Gorman, Country Living, 19 Oct. 2022 Print numbers on tags and raid your stash of Christmas Decorations—and your crafts supplies—for bits and baubles, such as vintage broaches, tiny bottlebrush trees, or sparkling faux greenery. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Aug. 2022 Among the plants to consider are ferns, Solomon’s seal, bleeding heart, lungwort, Virginia bluebells, hostas, hellebores, bishop’s hat, St. John’s wort, fragrant sumac and bottlebrush buckeye. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 17 July 2022 See More

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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 29 Mar. 2023.

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