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  3  definitions  found 
 
  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. 
  --Wordsworth. 
 
  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  originally  made  of  the  twigs  of  the  broom.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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  broom 
  n  1:  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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