burning bush

noun

Definition of burning bush

: any of several plants associated with fire (as by redness): such as
c : a deciduous Asian shrub (Euonymus alata) of the spindle tree family having stems with corky wings and leaves that turn a brilliant red in autumn

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In a foundational scene of monotheism, Moses doffs his kicks to approach the burning bush; shoes are, by their pedestrian nature, unfit for holy ground. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Normcore Opulence of Preachers Wearing Four-Figure Sneakers," 14 June 2019 Nevertheless, the aesthetics of an Apple event are extremely Old Testament — far less Sermon on the Mount and far more Moses and the burning bush. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Silicon Valley brings its “humanist,” “minimalist” aesthetic to Brooklyn.," 31 Oct. 2018 The voice from the burning bush, but instead of a bush, the message was coming from that marvelous smile, the familiar, kind eyes, the perfect hair — and that twinkle. Alexander Chee, Longreads, "The Changeling," 17 Apr. 2018 Some were simply impossible, like pieces of straw from the manger or ashes from the burning bush that spoke to Moses. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "No, the Bone of Saint Clement Was Probably Not Just Found in London’s Trash," 4 May 2018 After killing a slave master, Moses flees into the desert, and encounters a burning bush of God revealing himself to Moses. Sarah Gray, Time, "The History Behind 7 Passover Traditions," 15 Mar. 2018 My Moses wasn’t the biblical burning bush-talking, Red Sea-crossing, Ten Commandment-toting Moses. Britney Wilson, Longreads, "Black Disabled Wonder Women Need Love, Too," 17 Feb. 2018 For many years there has been a burning bush variety quietly circulating around the nursery and botanical garden businesses. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "The tale of Kentucky's most invasive plant - or not," 8 Sep. 2017 Similarly, God first appears to Moshe in a burning bush telling him to lead the Jewish people out of Egypt. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "Weiss: Teshuvah: God's return to us," 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of burning bush

1785, in the meaning defined above

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