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

Examples of burning bush in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The list includes English ivy, porcelain berry, bush and vining honeysuckles, ailanthus, Japanese viburnums, burning bush and wisterias. Washington Post, "Like a virus, weeds seize any opportunity to spread — and this summer, they’re ferocious," 5 Aug. 2020 Three students steam-bent the branches of burning bush into curved shapes and then lashed them together with kudzu fibers to create an arched structure. New York Times, "A Panorama of Design," 12 Mar. 2020 And most of us don’t get burning bushes, seas divided in two or even our neighbors showing up with $8,000 and a bottle of wine. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "A story of challenges finds a happy middle," 7 Jan. 2020 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

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First Known Use of burning bush

1785, in the meaning defined above

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8 Aug 2020

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“Burning bush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burning%20bush. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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