creosote bush


Definition of creosote bush

: a resinous desert shrub (Larrea tridentata) of the caltrop family found in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico

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Stately hardwood trees give way to squat shrubs, verdant cornfields to brown wheat and lush grasslands to cacti and creosote bush. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "A Nation Divided: Arid/Humid Climate Boundary in U.S. Creeps Eastward," 27 Apr. 2018 And a lucky glimpse of their bushy tail skimming over cactuses and creosote bushes is fleeting. Alex Devoid, azcentral, "Back from the brink, the Sonoran pronghorn now roam an increasingly political landscape," 27 Mar. 2018 Conservationists see its acres of creosote bush and cholla cactus as a rare habitat for tortoises, pronghorn antelope and an elusive variety of mule deer. Louis Sahagun,, "By ordering new land-use plan, Trump could spark a fight in California deserts," 16 Mar. 2018 The area is part of an arid empire of Joshua trees, cactus, bobcats, tortoises and kangaroo rats hemmed by steep slopes, dry lakes and arroyos fringed with creosote bush. Louis Sahagun,, "L.A. County set to build its first new freeway in 25 years, despite many misgivings," 10 Feb. 2018

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1846, in the meaning defined above

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