butcher's broom definition

  • noun:
    • An evergreen shrub (Ruscus aculeatus) indigenous to Europe therefore the Mediterranean region, having leaflike stems, greenish blossoms, and often purple berries.
    • Any plant of the genus Ruscus, specially Ruscus aculeatus.
    • a plant (Ruscus aculeatus) of this Smilax family members, used by butchers for brooms to sweep their blocks; -- called also leg holly. See Cladophyll.
    • See butcher's-broom, under broom.
    • shrub with rigid flattened stems resembling leaves (cladophylls); used for making brooms
  • others:
    • A genus of plants (Ruscus); esp. Ruscus aculeatus, with huge red berries and leaflike limbs. See cladophyll.

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