brit·​tle·​bush | \ ˈbri-tᵊl-ˌbu̇sh How to pronounce brittlebush (audio) \

Definition of brittlebush

: any of a genus (Encelia) of composite plants having brittle stems especially : a perennial desert shrub (E. farinosa) of the southwestern U.S. and adjacent Mexico with yellow flowers blooming above dense usually grayish-green foliage

Examples of brittlebush in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Off-roaders have been known to race in the vicinity, with what's left of the town's roofs slanting shadows across doorways and silvery green stands of brittlebush. Chris Malloy, Condé Nast Traveler, "Arizona’s Ghost Towns Are a Natural Escape During Coronavirus," 8 June 2020 There were flowers that sound like Harry Potter creatures — bladder pod, brittlebush, lupine — on the coast, and gifts from the occult — desert star, ghost flowers, phacelia — farther inland. Danielle Pergament, New York Times, "‘Do Not Touch the Flowers!’ One Family’s Eco-Adventure in the American Southwest," 16 Mar. 2020 Our little patch of Anza-Borrego even came pre-decorated with a yellow brittlebush and pretty red chuparosas. Danielle Pergament, New York Times, "‘Do Not Touch the Flowers!’ One Family’s Eco-Adventure in the American Southwest," 16 Mar. 2020 At the base lies the saguaro-and-brittlebush landscape of the Sonoran Desert. Sunset, "Where to Embark on a Sky Island Adventure," 22 Jan. 2018 Despite the fact that not a drop of rainwater has fallen in the desert yet this winter, there were actually a few blooming plants, including a brittlebush, tipped with happy yellow flowers, and a few delicate red blossoms on chuparosa bushes. Ernie Cowan Outdoors,, "Hike in Anza-Borrego a great way to start off year," 8 Jan. 2018 The desert also supports white primroses and yellow-flowered brittlebush. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Watch this mesmerizing night sky time-lapse video and ponder the vastness of the universe," 25 Apr. 2017

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1903, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jun 2020

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“Brittlebush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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