Hypertext Webster Gateway: "broom"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Broom \Broom\, v. t. (Naut.)
See {Bream}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Broom \Broom\, 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.

No gypsy cowered o'er fires of furze and broom.

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originally made of the twigs of the broom.

{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}),
used for dyeing yellow; dyer's weed; dyer's rocket.

{Spanish broom}. See under {Spanish}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a cleaning implement for sweeping; bundle of straws or twigs
attached to a long handle
2: any of various shrubs of the genera Cytisus or Genista or
Spartium having long slender branches and racemes of
yellow flowers
3: common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low
evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere [syn: {heather},
{ling}, {Scots heather}, {Calluna vulgaris}]
v 1: sweep with a broom or as if with a broom; "Sweep the crumbs
off the table"; "Sweep under the bed" [syn: {sweep}]
2: finish with a broom

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