but·​ton·​bush | \ ˈbə-tᵊn-ˌbu̇sh How to pronounce buttonbush (audio) \

Definition of buttonbush

: a North American shrub (Cephalanthus occidentalis) of the madder family with globular flower heads

Examples of buttonbush in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not Teddy, who—when the clarion broke across the pastures at Seven Pines and Opequon, and the smoke bombs began to fly at Franklin and Fort Stedman—lay down on the mossy forest path, or beside the bursting blooms of buttonbush, or in the fields. Daniel Mason, The Atlantic, "For the Union Dead," 6 Apr. 2020 Visitors to the preserve trundle along a wobbly wooden boardwalk, where they are welcomed by a breathtaking view of a serene, blue lake framed by stands of native flora: swamp loosestrife, pickerel weed, lotus flowers, swamp milkweed and buttonbush. James F. Mccarty, cleveland.com, "Geauga County's Snow Lake Preserve is environmental keystone of Cuyahoga Wetlands: (photos, videos)," 6 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of buttonbush

1754, in the meaning defined above

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“Buttonbush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buttonbush. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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