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broom

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noun \ˈbrüm, ˈbru̇m\

Definition of broom

  1. 1 :  any of various leguminous shrubs (especially genera Cytisus and Genista) with long slender branches, small leaves, and usually showy yellow flowers; especially :  scotch broom

  2. 2 :  a bundle of firm stiff twigs or fibers bound together on a long handle especially for sweeping

Origin and Etymology of broom

Middle English, from Old English brōm; akin to Old High German brāmo bramble


First Known Use: before 12th century


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broom

verb

Definition of broom

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to sweep with or as if with a broom

  3. 2 :  to finish (something, such as a concrete surface) by means of a broom

1838

First Known Use of broom

1838


BROOM Defined for English Language Learners

broom

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Definition of broom for English Language Learners

  • : a brush that has a long handle and that is used for sweeping floors

  • : a type of bush that has long, thin branches and yellow flowers


BROOM Defined for Kids

broom

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noun \ˈbrüm, ˈbru̇m\

Definition of broom for Students

  1. 1 :  a brush with a long handle used for sweeping

  2. 2 :  a plant with long slender branches along which grow many yellow flowers


Medical Dictionary

broom

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noun \ˈbrüm, ˈbru̇m\

Medical Definition of broom

  1. :  any of various leguminous shrubs (especially genera Cytisus and Genista) with long slender branches, upright growth, small leaves, and usually showy yellow flowers; especially :  scotch broom—see broom top



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