spicebush

noun spice·bush \ ˈspīs-ˌbu̇sh \
|Updated on: 26 Jun 2018

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

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