There are 2 main definitions of bush in English:

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bush 1

Syllabification: bush
Pronunciation: /bo͝oSH/


1A shrub or clump of shrubs with stems of moderate length: a rose bush the plant will develop into a dense bush
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  • These color treatments enhance landscaping and blend naturally with trees, shrubs and bushes.
  • Trees, shrubs, bushes and flowering plants were being planted on the graves.
  • This plant is one of the showiest dwarf evergreens, forming dense bushes of wiry stems.
shrub, brier;
(bushes) undergrowth, shrubbery
2 (the bush) (Especially in Australia, Africa, and Canada) wild or uncultivated country: they have to spend a night camping in the bush
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  • They had reserves of food, they travelled huge distances in search of food, work or charity, and above all they gathered wild food from the bush.
  • On most indications that is a job description which wouldn't find many takers in the bush across northern Australia.
  • Then I'd like to go back to South Africa, to the bush, to shoot wildlife.
wilds, wilderness, forest, woodland, timberland, bush country, bushland;
informal the sticks, boondocks, boonies
2.1Vegetation growing in the bush: the lowland country was covered in thick bush
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  • Not requiring long grass or thick bush for cover, their methods are those of a courser, relying on speed and dogged endurance in the chase.
  • The highway then drops down to pass through the Glenhope district and through bush alongside the Hope River to Kawatiri Junction.
  • Where these trees are growing in natural bush, the fleshy fruit is a favourite with both vervet monkeys and the rarer samango monkeys.
3A luxuriant growth of thick hair or fur: a childish face with a bush of bright hair
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  • As we finally entered the ward, the first person I saw was a tall girl topped with a bush of thick dyed black curls.
  • When the bus departed I saw that in the meantime, the old man had been joined by a little boy of very dark complexion, but with a bush of reddish hair.
  • I peaked through the door and saw her bush of hair shake into a nervous nod, I saw that about two inches from her was Derek, holding an black gun right at her.
3.1 vulgar slang A woman’s pubic hair.


informal Back to top  
short for bush league.


[no object] Back to top  
Spread out into a thick clump: her hair bushed out like a halo
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  • The cherry tree bushed out so much that it produced very little fruit, but the foliage itself had a pleasing abundance to it.
  • He stroked his beard, grinning to himself, his parents wouldn't recognise him with the fiery red beard already bushing aggressively from his jaw.
  • She bushed up to almost twice her size, put her ears back flat against her skull, and hissed like an over-heated radiator.


Middle English: from Old French bos, bosc, variants of bois 'wood', reinforced by Old Norse buski, of Germanic origin and related to obsolete Dutch bosch (now bos) and German Busch. The sense 'uncultivated country' is probably directly from Dutch bos.

Words that rhyme with bush

Hindu Kush, kurus, mush, push, whoosh, woosh
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There are 2 main definitions of bush in English:

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1A metal lining for a round hole, especially one in which an axle revolves.
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  • A very communicative one too thanks those urethane bushes and the back axle bouncing up and down just a few inches from your backside.
  • There was another machine which was used to orientate tiny metal bushes on a line so that they were all the same way up.
  • Sporting rear bushes have been applied across the range, and variable electric power steering is now standard.
1.1A bearing for a revolving shaft.
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  • They have many, many parts and gears plus bearings and bushes.
  • It is used for gears, bearings and bushes for heavy loads and high duty with adequate lubrication, and for duty with hard steel shafts.
  • The alloy has many uses such as for bearings and bushes, pumps and pump fittings, valves, valve bodies and valve guides.
2A sleeve that protects an electric cable where it passes through a panel.
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  • The cord should enter either through a hole in insulating material or through a properly secured insulating bush.
  • A little red lead and oil applied to the crankshaft shows up the parts in the bush which require the scraping.


Late 15th century: from Middle Dutch busse.

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