bush
Pronunciation Noun

bush (plural bushes)

  1. (horticulture) A woody plant distinguished from a tree by its multiple stems and lower height, being usually less than six metres tall; a horticultural rather than strictly botanical category.
  2. A shrub cut off, or a shrublike branch of a tree.
    bushes to support pea vines
  3. (historical) A shrub or branch, properly, a branch of ivy (sacred to Bacchus), hung out at vintners' doors, or as a tavern sign; hence, a tavern sign, and symbolically, the tavern itself.
    • c. 1598–1600, William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene iv]:
      If it be true that good wine needs no bush, 'tis true that a good play needs no epilogue.
  4. (slang, vulgar) A person's pubic hair, especially a woman's.
    • 1749, John Cleland, Memoirs Of Fanny Hill, Gutenberg eBook #25305 ↗,
      As he stood on one side, unbuttoning his waistcoat and breeches, her fat brawny thighs hung down, and the whole greasy landscape lay fairly open to my view; a wide open mouthed gap, overshaded with a grizzly bush, seemed held out like a beggar′s wallet for its provision.
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 787:
      But no, the little pool of semen was there, proof positive, with droplets caught hanging in her bush.
  5. (hunting) The tail, or brush, of a fox.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: touffe, persil
  • Italian: pelo pubico, cespuglio
  • Russian: (slang) волосня́
  • Spanish: vello púbico, pelos púbicos, pendejos (vulgar)
Verb

bush (bushes, present participle bushing; past and past participle bushed)

  1. (intransitive) To branch thickly in the manner of a bush.
    • 1726, Homer, Alexander Pope (translator), The Odyssey, 1839, Samuel Johnson (editor), The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, Esq., page 404 ↗,
      Around it, and above, for ever green, / The bushing alders form'd a shady scene.
  2. To set bushes for; to support with bushes.
    to bush peas
  3. To use a bush harrow on (land), for covering seeds sown; to harrow with a bush.
    to bush a piece of land; to bush seeds into the ground
Noun

bush (plural bushes)

  1. (archaic) A tavern or wine merchant.
Noun

bush

  1. (often with "the") Rural areas, typically remote, wooded, undeveloped and uncultivated.
    1. (Australia) The countryside area of Australia that is less arid and less remote than the outback; loosely, areas of natural flora even within conurbations.
      • 1894, Henry Lawson, We Called Him “Ally” for Short, Short Stories in Prose and Verse, Gutenberg Australia eBook #0607911 ↗,
        I remember, about five years ago, I was greatly annoyed by a ghost, while doing a job of fencing in the bush between here and Perth.
      • 1899, Ethel Pedley, Dot and the Kangaroo, Gutenberg Australia eBook #0900681h ↗,
        Little Dot had lost her way in the bush.
      • 2000, Robert Holden, Paul Cliff, Jack Bedson, The Endless Playground: Celebrating Australian Childhood, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=XX4YnwQACqIC&pg=PA16&dq=%22the+bush%22+-intitle:%22bush%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=z5AVT5WxIYaTiAe94MlD&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22the%20bush%22%20-intitle%3A%22bush%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 16],
        The theme of children lost in the bush is a well-worked one in Australian art and literature.
    2. (New Zealand) An area of New Zealand covered in forest, especially native forest.
    3. (Canadian) The wild forested areas of Canada; upcountry.
  2. (Canadian) A woodlot or bluff#English-small_wood|bluff on a farm.
Related terms
  • bushman (not derived from bush but separately derived from cognate Dutch)
Translations Adverb

bush (not comparable)

  1. (Australia) Towards the direction of the outback.
    On hatching, the chicks scramble to the surface and head bush on their own.
Adjective

bush

  1. (colloquial) Not skilled; not professional; not major league.
    They're supposed to be a major league team, but so far they've been bush.
Noun

bush

  1. (baseball) Amateurish behavior, short for "bush league behavior"
Noun

bush (plural bushes)

  1. A thick washer or hollow cylinder of metal.
  2. A mechanical attachment, usually a metallic socket with a screw thread, such as the mechanism by which a camera is attached to a tripod stand.
  3. A piece of copper, screwed into a gun, through which the venthole is bored.
Synonyms Related terms Verb

bush (bushes, present participle bushing; past and past participle bushed)

  1. (transitive) To furnish with a bush or lining.
    to bush a pivot hole

Bush
Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. Surname
Translations
  • Portuguese: Bush
  • Russian: Буш



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