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 plants have yellow-green sprays of flowers that are tightly packed together and resemble a bottlebrush cleaner, Edwards says. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, "250 Years Ago, Joseph Banks Documented Australia’s Glorious Botanical Bounty," 26 Feb. 2020 Stick bottlebrush trees and figurines into the styrofoam, using craft glue if needed. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Winter Scene," 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, "Try this trio of pollinator plants for your Kentucky summer garden," 19 July 2019 Outside, bottlebrush trees, native plants and herbs line the pool. Kadee Krieger, NOLA.com, "Chic Bywater renovation blends sophistication with a vintage vibe," 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, "Keep plumerias indoors until Easter to avoid threat of freeze," 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, "Before and after: A fungus-plagued lawn is transformed into a low-water habitat," 13 Mar. 2018 After the bottlebrush is relocated, keep the soil moist. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Heirloom tomatoes big on taste, not on fruit," 6 Jan. 2018 The glittery bottlebrush tree in our pastel tablescape was only $3 in the Bullseye's Playground section of Target. Lesleigh Hammer, Teen Vogue, "Holiday Party Hosting Tips," 8 Dec. 2017

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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 23 Oct. 2020.

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