Definition of burning bush in English:

burning bush

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  • 1Any of a number of shrubs noted for their bright red autumn foliage, in particular the kochia or the smoke tree.
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    • 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 North American spindles of the genus Euonymus (family Celastraceae), e.g. the wahoo (E. atropurpurea)
  • 3 another term for gas plant.
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    • 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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