Definition of mistletoe in English:


Syllabification: mis·tle·toe
Pronunciation: /ˈmisəlˌtō


A leathery-leaved parasitic plant that grows on apple, oak, and other broadleaf trees and bears white glutinous berries in winter.
  • Several species in the family Viscaceae, in particular the Eurasian Viscum album, and in the family Loranthaceae, in particular the American Phoradendron serotinum
More example sentences
  • Most dwarf mistletoes grow on conifers in the western United States.
  • In Somerset and Herefordshire mistletoe grows on the apple trees from which cedar is produced.
  • The Druids would cut the mistletoe that grew on the oak tree and give it as a blessing.


Old English misteltān, from mistel 'mistletoe' (of Germanic origin, related to Dutch mistel and German Mistel) + tān 'twig'.

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