from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An evergreen shrub (Ruscus aculeatus) native to Europe and the Mediterranean region, having leaflike stems, greenish flowers, and usually red berries.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any plant of the genus Ruscus, especially Ruscus aculeatus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A genus of plants (Ruscus); esp. Ruscus aculeatus, which has large red berries and leaflike branches. See cladophyll.
- n. a plant (Ruscus aculeatus) of the Smilax family, used by butchers for brooms to sweep their blocks; -- called also knee holly. See Cladophyll.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See butcher's broom, under broom.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. shrub with stiff flattened stems resembling leaves (cladophylls); used for making brooms
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