grease·​wood | \ ˈgrēs-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce greasewood (audio) \

Definition of greasewood

: a low stiff shrub (Sarcobatus vermiculatus) of the goosefoot family common in alkaline soils in the western U.S. also : any of various related or similar shrubs

Examples of greasewood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Odessa operations would sprawl over 1,600 acres on a site known as Shoe Bar Ranch, which was historically a cow-calf operation covered with native pasture, mesquite and greasewood. Nicholas Kusnetz, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Aug. 2022 And while its importance began to fade 150 years ago, out here on the barren mesquite and greasewood flats, Horse Head Crossing has never been forgotten. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Nov. 2020 Snow topped Kings Crown Peak and hid in the shade of greasewood bushes and Emery oaks. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, 15 Jan. 2020 The valley, covered in sagebrush and greasewood, is part of Modoc County, one of California’s poorest, with a median income of about $30,000. Washington Post, 6 June 2018 It is believed to have formed naturally, with white sage growing in soil consisting of light gray granite and white quartz that contrasts with the surrounding chaparral and greasewood. Mike Mcphate, New York Times, 6 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of greasewood

1838, in the meaning defined above

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8 Aug 2022

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“Greasewood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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