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 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

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First Known Use of buttonbush

1754, in the meaning defined above

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19 Sep 2021

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“Buttonbush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buttonbush. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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