capitalized : a small genus of European evergreen shrubs (family Liliaceae) with leaflike phylloclades, small greenish flowers, and red berries see butcher's-broom
plural -es : any plant of the genus Ruscus

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, butcher's-broom

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ruscus was in 1562

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“Ruscus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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