bottlebrush

noun
bot·tle·brush | \ˈbä-tᵊl-ˌbrəsh \

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

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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 Finally, a bee appears on a Western Bistort, a small white flower that looks like a bottlebrush, which Duennes says smells like diapers. Carolyn Wilke, sacbee, "What’s the buzz? Research could help bumblebees as well as California farms," 20 Aug. 2017 Frequent and generous rainfall the past couple of years has caused lots of root rot problems with plants such as citrus, azaleas, bottlebrush trees and many others. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Will the recent flood damage your lawn and garden?," 12 Aug. 2017 A cat with its tail puffed up like a bottlebrush is frightened or fearful and should be approached with caution. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Cats 101: Basic care and feeding of your feline," 12 June 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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