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A bush (shrub).
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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old English bysc woody plant via Middle English bushe woody plant, possibly conflated with cognates such as Danish busk, Old French busche firewood, and Medieval Anglo-Latin bosca firewood (from Mediaeval Latin busca, in turn a loan from a West Germanic *busk bush, thicket)

Noun

Singular
bush

Plural
es

bush (es)
  1. A horticultural rather than strictly botanical category of woody plant that is distinguished from a tree by its multiple stems and lower height; usually less than 6m tall.
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Etymology 2

From the sign of a bush usually employed to indicate such places

Noun

Singular
bush

Plural
es

bush (es)
  1. (archaic): A tavern or wine merchant.

Etymology 3

From Dutch bosch, first appearing in the Dutch colonies as the word for an uncleared district of a colony, and thence in British colonies as bush.

Noun

Singular
bush

Plural
-

bush (-)
  1. (Australia) The countryside area of Australia that is neither arid nor remote enough to constitute the outback, and that can include areas of natural flora even within conurbations
  2. (New Zealand) An area of New Zealand covered in forest, especially native forest.
  3. (baseball) Amateurish behavior, short for "bush league behavior"
    The way that pitcher showed up the batter after the strikeout was bush.
  4. (Canada) The remote areas of Canada, excluding the high arctic or other unforested places. The forested land. The upcountry.
Derived terms
Related terms
  • bushman (not derived from bush but in fact separately derived from Dutch)
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Translations
  • Swedish: bushen def. singular

Adjective

bush (comparative bush, superlative ier)

Positive
bush

Comparative
bush

Superlative
ier

  1. The Australian use of the noun "bush", used attributively.
    The bush vote; bush tucker; bush aristocracy

Adverb

bush (not comparable)

Positive
bush

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

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

Etymology 4

Extended from bush (Etymology 1); compare bushy. First occurrence is in 1745.

Noun

Singular
bush

Plural
es

bush (es)
  1. (slang) The pubic hair, especially that of a woman.
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Etymology 5

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Noun

Singular
bush

Plural
es

bush (es)
  1. A thick washer or hollow cylinder of metal (also bushing).
  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.

Etymology 6

Back-formation from bush league.

Adjective

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Positive
bush

Comparative
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Superlative
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  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.

Albanian

Pronunciation

Noun

bush m (pl., bushe)

  1. (arb.) box(wood).

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