Mistletoe meaning

mĭs'əl-tō'
Any of various semiparasitic plants of the order Santalales that grow on the branches of other plants, especially Viscum album of Eurasia and Phoradendron leucarpum of North America, both of which have leathery evergreen leaves and waxy white berries. Extracts of the Eurasian species are sometimes used for medicinal purposes.
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A sprig of mistletoe, often used as a Christmas decoration.
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Any of various evergreen plants (genera Phoradendron and Viscum) of the mistletoe family, parasitic on deciduous or evergreen trees, with small, yellowish-green leaves, yellowish flowers, and shiny, white, poisonous berries.
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A sprig of such a plant, hung as a Christmas decoration: by custom, people kiss when standing under it.
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Designating a family (Loranthaceae, order Santalales) of parasitic, dicotyledonous shrubs and small trees.
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Any of various hemiparasitic plants of the order Santalales that grow on the branches of other plants, especially Viscum album of Eurasia and Phoradendron leucarpum of North America, both of which have leathery evergreen leaves and waxy white berries. Extracts of the Eurasian species are sometimes used for medicinal purposes.
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Any of several parasitic evergreen plants with white berries that grow in the crowns of oaks, apple trees and other trees.
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A sprig of these plants used as a Christmas decoration.
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Origin of mistletoe

  • Middle English mistelto back-formation from Old English misteltān (tān) (taken for pl. of toe) mistel mistletoe meigh- in Indo-European roots tān twig
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Old English misteltān, from mistel "˜mistletoe' + tān "˜twig'. Compare mistle.
    From Wiktionary