One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Burning bush. Now rare.
2Any of several shrubby plants with red flowers, foliage, or fruit, especially (more fully "Chilean firebush", "scarlet firebush") the small evergreen tree Embothrium coccineum (family Proteaceae), native to South America and widely grown elsewhere, which bears clusters of tubular scarlet flowers.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Foulke Robartes (?1579–1650), Church of England clergyman. From fire + bush.
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