spice·​bush | \ ˈspīs-ˌbu̇sh How to pronounce spicebush (audio) \

Definition of spicebush

: an aromatic shrub (Lindera benzoin) of the laurel family found chiefly in the eastern U.S. that bears dense clusters of small greenish-yellow flowers followed by usually scarlet berries

Examples of spicebush in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plenty of decorative berries are ripening too, like those of American beautyberry, winterberry holly, red chokeberry, gray and silky dogwoods, spicebush, American strawberry-bush, several viburnums, and native roses. Miri Talabac, baltimoresun.com, 1 Sep. 2021 In my garden, some sumacs may start to turn as September arrives, while other natives like blueberries (Vaccinium, which pollinators and birds appreciate) remain fiery into November, as spicebush (Lindera benzoin) continues beaming its vivid yellow. Margaret Roach, Arkansas Online, 22 May 2021 Prospect Park in May is a commotion of beauty: meadows and dense rambles, hills and hollows, everything covered in chokeberries, spicebush, violets, flowering hawthorns, magnolias and lindens. New York Times, 17 Feb. 2021 Next, the dogwoods, serviceberries and spicebush leaf out, catching a fleeting bit of spring sun before they are blanketed in shade for the rest of the growing season. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 13 Nov. 2020 Plants that flower in March include willows, serviceberry and spicebush. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Sep. 2020 Some shrubs grow well in dry shade, such as the native spicebush (Lindera benzoin) and bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera). Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 9 Aug. 2020 Laurel wilt is transmitted by the wood-boring redbay ambrosia beetle and can affect a range of plants, including sassafras and spicebush. USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2020 State Forester David Arnold says in a news release that sassafras and spicebush are important ecological species in Tennessee. USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of spicebush

1770, in the meaning defined above

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8 Sep 2021

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“Spicebush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spicebush. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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