Definition of skunkbush

1 : bear brush
2 or skunkbush sumac : a sumac (Rhus trilobata) of western North America with unpleasantly scented leaves comprised of usually three leaflets and a red edible sour berrylike fruit

called also skunkbrush

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of skunkbush

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about skunkbush

Time Traveler for skunkbush

Time Traveler

The first known use of skunkbush was in 1875

See more words from the same year

Statistics for skunkbush

Cite this Entry

“Skunkbush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Comments on skunkbush

What made you want to look up skunkbush? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!