butcher's-broom

noun
plural butcher's-brooms

Definition of butcher's-broom

: a European leafless plant (Ruscus aculeatus) that bears stiff-pointed cladophylls and is often cultivated for its twigs which are used for ornament and for whisk brooms

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“Butcher's-broom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butcher%27s-broom. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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