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 Snow topped Kings Crown Peak and hid in the shade of greasewood bushes and Emery oaks. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "Apache activist Wendsler Nosie followed a lifelong path to Resolution copper mine protest," 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, "Outsiders Swoop In Vowing To Rescue Rural Hospitals Short On Hope — And Money," 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, "California Today: An Outpouring of Support in Oakland," 6 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of greasewood

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Greasewood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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