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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This 94-proof gin was copper pot distilled without chill filtration and features wild foraged Kentucky botanicals including Kentucky juniper and spicebush. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 19 July 2022 But in April, long before most plants begin leafing out, the spicebush erupts in delicate yellow pompoms of flower, writes Susan Brownstein. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 14 July 2022 Beetles are pollinators for plants like magnolia, Carolina allspice, pawpaw, spicebush and water lilies. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 15 June 2022 Shrubs include spicebush, blueberry, viburnum, New Jersey tea, meadowsweet spirea and dogwood (redosier, silky, gray, and pagoda). Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 13 Apr. 2022 As with many fruiting shrubs, spicebush is insect-pollinated. Miri Talabac, baltimoresun.com, 20 Jan. 2022 If there are wild spicebush nearby, perhaps the weather wasn’t cooperative. Miri Talabac, baltimoresun.com, 20 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1770, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spicebush was in 1770

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“Spicebush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spicebush. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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spice·​bush ˈspīs-ˌbu̇sh How to pronounce spicebush (audio)
: a fragrant shrub of the eastern U.S. and Canada that is related to the laurels and has clusters of small greenish yellow flowers and usually red berries

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