Definition of burning bush in English:

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burning bush

Pronunciation: /ˈbərniNG bo͝oSH/


1Any of a number of shrubs noted for their bright red autumn foliage, in particular.
  • The kochia. The smoke tree..
Example sentences
  • But the burning bush sells doubly well in Scotland.
  • Barberry, knotweed, ailanthus, and the brilliant Euonymus known as burning bush are just some of the horticultural immigrants that continue to out-compete many of our indigenous species.
2Any of a number of shrubs or trees with bright red leaves or fruits.
  • Several plants, in particular the purple-flowered North American Euonymus atropurpurea (family Celastraceae), a relative of the spindle tree.
3 another term for gas plant.
Example sentences
  • It is known variously as Burning-bush, False Dittany, White Dittany, and Gas-plant.
  • Gas plant, also known as burning bush, is a perennial flower.
  • The flowers (white or pink) and the leaves give off a strong aromatic vapour which can be ignited, hence the names gas plant and burning bush.


Mid 19th century: with biblical allusion to Exod. 3:2.

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Syllabification: burn·ing bush

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