Definition of paintbrush in English:


Line breaks: paint|brush
Pronunciation: /ˈpeɪntbrʌʃ


  • 1A brush for applying paint.
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    • The artist's easel, paint box, palettes, paintbrushes and dried tubes of paint occupied a corner.
    • We spread out old sheets on folding tables set up in the backyard, put out craft paints in all colors, sponge brushes and paintbrushes, and watched our budding Picassos.
    • The new paintbrushes and brush sets are made with safe, seamless ferrules in a variety of sizes, which helps younger children learn to control their brushstrokes.
  • 2 [with modifier] A North American plant which bears brightly coloured brush-like flowering spikes. See also devil's paintbrush.
    • Genus Castilleja, family Scrophulariaceae: several species, including the Indian paintbrush (C. coccinea)
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    • The wetter areas support meadows containing Missouri goldenrod, false toadflax, golden-glow, Indian paintbrush, Mariposa lily, death camas, and prairie smoke.
    • Now, gaudy flowers crowd the brooks - paintbrush, gentian, columbine.
    • Among the common wildflowers are one-flowered cinquefoil, woolly lousewort, alpine willowherb, three saxifrages, and an Indian paintbrush.

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