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 for Spanish broom
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spanish \Span"ish\, a.
     Of or pertaining to Spain or the Spaniards.
     [1913 Webster]
     Spanish bayonet (Bot.), a liliaceous plant ({Yucca
        alorifolia) with rigid spine-tipped leaves. The name is
        also applied to other similar plants of the Southwestern
        United States and mexico. Called also Spanish daggers.
     Spanish bean (Bot.) See the Note under Bean.
     Spanish black, a black pigment obtained by charring cork.
     Spanish broom (Bot.), a leguminous shrub ({Spartium
        junceum) having many green flexible rushlike twigs.
     Spanish brown, a species of earth used in painting, having
        a dark reddish brown color, due to the presence of
        sesquioxide of iron.
     Spanish+buckeye+(Bot.),+a+small+tree+({Ungnadia+speciosa">Spanish buckeye (Bot.), a small tree ({Ungnadia speciosa)
        of Texas, New Mexico, etc., related to the buckeye, but
        having pinnate leaves and a three-seeded fruit.
     Spanish burton (Naut.), a purchase composed of two single
        blocks. A
     double Spanish burton has one double and two single blocks.
        --Luce (Textbook of Seamanship).
     Spanish chalk (Min.), a kind of steatite; -- so called
        because obtained from Aragon in Spain.
     Spanish cress (Bot.), a cruciferous plant ({Lepidium
        Cadamines), a species of peppergrass.
     Spanish curlew (Zool.), the long-billed curlew. [U.S.]
     Spanish daggers (Bot.) See Spanish bayonet.
     Spanish elm (Bot.), a large West Indian tree ({Cordia
        Gerascanthus) furnishing hard and useful timber.
     Spanish feretto, a rich reddish brown pigment obtained by
        calcining copper and sulphur together in closed crucibles.
     Spanish flag (Zool.), the California rockfish
        ({Sebastichthys rubrivinctus). It is conspicuously
        colored with bands of red and white.
     Spanish fly (Zool.), a brilliant green beetle, common in
        the south of Europe, used for raising blisters. See
        Blister beetle under Blister, and Cantharis.
     Spanish fox (Naut.), a yarn twisted against its lay.
     Spanish grass. (Bot.) See Esparto.
     Spanish juice (Bot.), licorice.
     Spanish leather. See Cordwain.
     Spanish mackerel. (Zool.)
     (a) A species of mackerel ({Scomber colias) found both in
         Europe and America. In America called chub mackerel,
         big-eyed mackerel, and bull mackerel.
     (b) In the United States, a handsome mackerel having bright
         yellow round spots ({Scomberomorus maculatus), highly
         esteemed as a food fish. The name is sometimes
         erroneously applied to other species. See Illust. under
     Spanish main, the name formerly given to the southern
        portion of the Caribbean Sea, together with the contiguous
        coast, embracing the route traversed by Spanish treasure
        ships from the New to the Old World.
     Spanish moss. (Bot.) See Tillandsia (and note at that
     Spanish needles (Bot.), a composite weed ({Bidens
        bipinnata) having achenia armed with needlelike awns.
     Spanish+nut+(Bot.),+a+bulbous+plant+({Iris+Sisyrinchium">Spanish nut (Bot.), a bulbous plant ({Iris Sisyrinchium)
        of the south of Europe.
     Spanish potato (Bot.), the sweet potato. See under
     Spanish red, an ocherous red pigment resembling Venetian
        red, but slightly yellower and warmer. --Fairholt.
     Spanish reef (Naut.), a knot tied in the head of a
        jib-headed sail.
     Spanish sheep (Zool.), a merino.
     Spanish white, an impalpable powder prepared from chalk by
        pulverizing and repeated washings, -- used as a white
     Spanish windlass (Naut.), a wooden roller, with a rope
        wound about it, into which a marline spike is thrust to
        serve as a lever.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Broom \Broom\ (br[=oo]m), n. [OE. brom, brome, AS. br[=o]m; akin
     to LG. bram, D. brem, OHG. br[=a]mo broom, thorn?bush, G.
     brombeere blackberry. Cf. Bramble, n.]
     1. (Bot.) A plant having twigs suitable for making brooms to
        sweep with when bound together; esp., the Cytisus
        scoparius of Western Europe, which is a low shrub with
        long, straight, green, angular branches, minute leaves,
        and large yellow flowers.
        [1913 Webster]
              No gypsy cowered o'er fires of furze and broom.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. An implement for sweeping floors, etc., commonly made of
        the panicles or tops of broom corn, bound together or
        attached to a long wooden handle; -- so called because
        originally made of the twigs of the broom.
        [1913 Webster]
     Butcher's+broom,+a+plant+({Ruscus+aculeatus">Butcher's broom, a plant ({Ruscus aculeatus) of the Smilax
        family, used by butchers for brooms to sweep their blocks;
        -- called also knee holly. See Cladophyll.
     Dyer's+broom,+a+species+of+mignonette+({Reseda+luteola">Dyer's broom, a species of mignonette ({Reseda luteola),
        used for dyeing yellow; dyer's weed; dyer's rocket.
     Spanish broom. See under Spanish.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Spanish broom
      n 1: tall thornless shrub having pale yellow flowers and
           flexible rushlike twigs used in basketry; of southwestern
           Europe and Mediterranean; naturalized in California [syn:
           Spanish broom, weaver's broom, Spartium junceum]
      2: erect shrub of southwestern Europe having racemes of golden
         yellow flowers [syn: Spanish broom, Spanish gorse,
         Genista hispanica]

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