but·​ton·​bush ˈbə-tᵊn-ˌbu̇sh How to pronounce buttonbush (audio)
: 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 Those native plants include the Turk’s cap flower, the buttonbush and inland sea oats. Dallas News, 23 Aug. 2022 In the heart of the garden, there are towering shrubs of buttonbush and bayberry amid lower drifts of lobelia, aster, swamp mallow, goldenrod and winterberry. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 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, 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, 6 Aug. 2017

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'buttonbush.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1754, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of buttonbush was in 1754

Dictionary Entries Near buttonbush

Cite this Entry

“Buttonbush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buttonbush. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on buttonbush

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!