rabbitbrush

noun
rab·​bit·​brush | \ˈra-bət-ˌbrəsh \
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

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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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