burning bush


: any of several plants associated with fire (as by redness): such as
: 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 Why, out of all places, did God reveal himself to Moses through the sneh (burning bush)? Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 2 Jan. 2024 Like the prophet, Moses Schneider experiences not only life-changing fire (a nod to the burning bush), but also moments of vocation and epiphany, such as when a supernatural force seems to prevent him from putting his dead son’s yarmulke back on that snowman, where an unknown person had placed it. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2023 Leaves from a burning bush shrub blaze with red color, witch hazel beams yellow or orange, and of course maples come in all three. Karen Hugg, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2023 This October 2006 photo the University of Connecticut released shows Euonymus alatus shrubs known as burning bushes in Storrs, Conn.Yi Li/Associated Press Snow surrounds a Japanese barberry on the grounds of the Coastal Rivers Nature Center in Damariscotta, Maine, in February. Lindsay Crudele, BostonGlobe.com, 26 July 2023 Your encounter with this blazing sculptural form could be the exhibition’s equivalent of Moses coming across the miraculous burning bush. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2023 The smoke tree is not the same a burning bush. oregonlive, 12 Mar. 2022 God appears to Moses in the burning bush in Exodus 3, defying all gender categories. Annie Selak, The Conversation, 28 Feb. 2023 Many of the worst plant pests in natural environments, such as purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii), burning bush (Euonymus alatus) and Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), are garden escapees. Richard Pallardy, Discover Magazine, 15 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of burning bush was in 1785

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“Burning bush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burning%20bush. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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