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Definition of "spicebush" [spice•bush]

  • An aromatic deciduous shrub (Lindera benzoin) of eastern North America, having clusters of early-blooming small yellow flowers. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "spicebush" in a sentence
  • "Fall stroll with staff horticulturist Deanne Eversmeyer featuring native plants such as American serviceberry, American yellowwood, Virginia sweetspire, spicebush, fragrant sumac, native ferns and grasses. 10 a.m."
  • "The caterpillars live in folded leaf shelters and eat the leaves of the sassafras or spicebush."
  • "Yesterday I saw a butterfly hit by a car — a spicebush swallowtail."