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black bead


an erect shrub with small if any spines having racemes of white to yellow flowers followed by curved pointed pods and black shiny seeds; West Indies and Florida


plant noun (plants and fungi)


black beads

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Definition references  (+images)

Random House Dictionary:

cat's-claw | catclaw | blackbead [synonym] | Pithecellobium unguis-cati [species]

a spiny shrub or small tree of Central America, having greenish-yellow flowers and reddish, spirally twisted pods. (17 of 27 words, pronunciation)


New World Dictionary:

cat's-claw | catclaw

an acacia shrub (Acacia greggii) native to the Southwest and northern Mexico, having spikes of yellow flowers and thorns resembling claws (21 of 23 words, pronunciation)



Acacia greggii [species]

a species of Acacia native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, from the extreme south of Utah south through southern Nevada, southeast California, Arizona, New Mexico and western Texas to Baja California, Sinaloa and Nuevo León in ... (39 of 851 words, 7 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Acacia greggii

Collins Dictionary:


a type of shrub which has small spines and white or yellow flowers (13 of 251 words, pronunciation)




a yellow-flowered spiny acacia (Acacia greggi) of the southwestern United States and Mexico (13 of 24 words, pronunciation)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

shrub [plant]

any woody plant that has several stems, none dominant, and is usually less than 3 m tall. When much-branched and dense, it may be called a bush. ... (27 of 131 words, 3 images)


Columbia Encyclopedia:


any woody, perennial, bushy plant that branches into several stems or trunks at the base and is smaller than a tree. Shrubs are an important feature ... (26 of 213 words)



shrub | shrubs [plural] | shrubbed [past tense] | shrubbing [present participle] | khat | gat | kat | qat | quat | ...

A woody plant smaller than a tree, and usually with several stems from the same base. | [obsolete] To lop; to prune. | A liquor composed of vegetable acid, fruit juice (especially lemon), sugar, sometimes vinegar, and a small amount of spirit as a ... (42 of 86 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)


Oxford Dictionary:

shrub [entry 1] | shrubbier [comparative] | shrubbiest [superlative] | shrubby [derived]

a woody plant which is smaller than a tree and has several main stems arising at or near the ground (20 of 70 words, pronunciation)


shrub [entry 2]

a drink made of sweetened fruit juice and spirits, typically rum or brandy. | [North American] : a slightly acid cordial made from fruit juice and ... (25 of 71 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:


A woody plant of relatively low height, having several stems arising from the base and lacking a single trunk; a bush. | A beverage made from fruit ... (26 of 70 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:


a large plant with a rounded shape formed from many small branches growing either directly from the ground or from a hard woody stem, grown in gardens (27 of 41 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

shrub [countable] | shrubs [plural]

a low thick bush, especially one that has been planted in a garden (13 of 38 words, pronunciation)


Encarta Dictionary:

shrub [entry 1] | shrubs [plural]

a woody plant without a trunk but with several stems growing from the base (14 of 38 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861735260​/definition​.html  [offline]

shrub [entry 2]

a drink made with fruit juice, sugar, spices, and rum or other alcohol (13 of 33 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861735259​/definition​.html  [offline]

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