One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A cylindrical brush for cleaning inside bottles.
- ‘To clean your hamster's water bottle you'll need a bottlebrush, spout brush and dish washing liquid.’
- ‘If you use a water bottle, use a bottlebrush to clean it thoroughly.’
- ‘With a clean bottlebrush and hot soapy water, thoroughly clean the bottles and other items.’
- ‘Use a clean bottlebrush to scrub out pipes and tubes.’
- ‘Use a clean bottlebrush to thoroughly remove all traces of milk, rinse and then sterilise.’
2An Australian shrub or small tree with spikes of scarlet or yellow flowers which resemble bottlebrushes.
Genus Callistemon, family Myrtaceae
- ‘Naniloa is a flat, simple, public course distinguished by bottlebrush trees.’
- ‘This appealing, diminutive shrub blooms in spring with honey-scented flowers that look like bottlebrushes, and they are hummingbird magnets!’
- ‘The tufts of long stamens on the bloom resemble those of a bottlebrush, thus the common name of this popular shrub.’
- ‘These beautiful evergreen shrubs are known as bottlebrushes because of the cylindrical-shape of their cream, yellow or red blooms that emerge in spring and summer.’
- ‘Neighbour Ian Kinny, whose memorial garden along with a gum tree, bottlebrush and shrubs were destroyed, described the impact of the attack as ‘extremely cruel’.’
- 2.1 Any of a number of plants bearing flowers similar to those of the bottlebrush.
- ‘On hot August days, as the sun sets over the right ridge of Mt. Tam, we like to water the row of bottlebrush plants that take the brunt of the afternoon heat in the garden.’
- ‘Bulbs boast the spiky spaceships of alliums, and the long-lasting bottlebrushes of perennial grasses - an invaluable group of plants when it comes to attractive seed heads - provide a huge variety of scale and texture.’
- ‘Last year, I took the plunge and hired a gardener, mostly to help me rid one side of all the ivy and to help tame the line of bottlebrush plants that wasn't quite brush and wasn't quite tree.’
- ‘Atop City Hall in Toronto, downtown workers watch butterflies and birds loiter among native plants like bottlebrush grass, eastern columbines, grey-headed coneflowers and New Jersey tea bushes.’
- ‘Melaleucas and bottlebrushes make excellent screening plants, stand-alone specimens and accents among other native species such as banksias and grevilleas.’
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