butcher's-broom definition by Webster's New World
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a shrubby plant (Ruscus aculeatus) of the lily family, with leathery, leaflike, flattened branches, clusters of small, white flowers, and large, red berries
Origin: uncertain or unknown; perhaps because formerly used to sweep butchers' shops
butcher's-broom definition by American Heritage Dictionary
An evergreen shrub (Ruscus aculeatus) native to Europe and the Mediterranean region, having leaflike stems, greenish flowers, and usually red berries.