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 Every traveler who passes through the park encounters a panorama ruled by geology, where rabbitbrush, raven and rock art are accents, where the layers of earth history overwhelm every other element of the scenery. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Oct. 2021 The route cuts through acres of rabbitbrush and past forests thick with pines. Pauly Denetclaw, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 July 2021 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, 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, 15 July 2019 The landscape lay dry and flat, nearly featureless but for low rabbitbrush and soapweed yucca. Caroline Lester, The Atlantic, 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, 26 May 2017 See More

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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 14 Aug. 2022.

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