burning bush


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 Here are a few suggestions for deciduous shrubs in the Northwest: western serviceberry, western burning bush, western redbud, and pacific ninebark. oregonlive, 27 Aug. 2021 The prophet Elijah’s encounter with God involved a cave, Dosick notes, and Moses had a burning bush. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2021 Also prevalent are Callery pear, better known as the Bradford pear, wintercreeper, Canada thistle, garlic mustard, burning bush, multiflora rose, autumn olive, Japanese honeysuckle and Japanese knotweed. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Nov. 2020 No caterpillars on the Oriental bittersweet, the multiflora rose, the Japanese honeysuckle, on the burning bush that lined his neighbor’s driveway. Matthew Cicanese And Erika Reiter, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Apr. 2020 The list includes English ivy, porcelain berry, bush and vining honeysuckles, ailanthus, Japanese viburnums, burning bush and wisterias. Washington Post, 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, 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, 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, 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of burning bush

1785, in the meaning defined above

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2 Sep 2021

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“Burning bush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burning%20bush. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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