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 Plants that flower in March include willows, serviceberry and spicebush. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fall is the perfect time to put in pollinator-friendly plants, and help the environment," 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, "Dry shade is a challenging place for plants to thrive. Here’s how to handle it in your garden," 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, "Loveland valentines, crime scene towels, corn trail: News from around our 50 states," 9 Jan. 2020 State Forester David Arnold says in a news release that sassafras and spicebush are important ecological species in Tennessee. USA TODAY, "Hershey beer, sassafras sickness, demolition mystery: News from around our 50 states," 3 Oct. 2019 Bost wipes his face with spicebush leaves, a natural repellent for a cloud of gnats. Robert Langellier, National Geographic, "A legendary Ozark chestnut tree, thought extinct, is rediscovered," 24 June 2019 Medium to small shrubs: Beautybush (Kolkwitzia amabilis); shrubby St. John’s wort (Hypericum prolificum); spicebush (Lindera benzoin); wild hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens), including the Annabelle variety. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Many plants die when grown near black walnut trees. These are the ones that survive.," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of spicebush

1770, in the meaning defined above

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“Spicebush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spicebush. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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