rab·​bit·​brush | \ ˈra-bət-ˌbrəsh How to pronounce rabbitbrush (audio) \
variants: or less commonly rabbit brush or rabbit bush

Definition of rabbitbrush

: any of various shrubby composite plants (genera Chrysothamnus, Ericameria, and Lorandersonia) of western North America that have narrow leaves and clusters of small, typically yellow flowers, and that are tolerant of dry, poor, alkaline soils

Examples of rabbitbrush in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Healthy swaths of silvery rabbitbrush, mountain gromwell, penstemons, Rocky Mountain beeplant and Apache plume add color and sink stabilizing roots into the fragile soils. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "3 Flagstaff summer hikes with mountain views and fields of flowers: Here's how to do them," 21 Aug. 2020 The landscape was a blend of browns and greens with Joshua trees, rabbitbrush and Ponderosa pines lining the route, chipmunks, lizards and rabbits providing the only company. Rick Maese, courant.com, "Extreme heat is changing sports, from the Olympics to local races," 15 July 2019 The landscape lay dry and flat, nearly featureless but for low rabbitbrush and soapweed yucca. Caroline Lester, The Atlantic, "What Happens When Your Bomb-Defusing Robot Becomes a Weapon," 26 Apr. 2018 Turner pointed out a series of triangular wedges in a slope rising 1,000 feet above the road and covered with the stubble of yucca and rabbitbrush. Thomas Curwen, latimes.com, "Geologists, engineers puzzle over how to remove more than a million tons of rock and dirt from Highway 1," 26 May 2017

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First Known Use of rabbitbrush

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Rabbitbrush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rabbitbrush. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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