mistletoe, false mistletoe(noun)
American plants closely resembling Old World mistletoe
mistletoe, Viscum album, Old World mistletoe(noun)
Old World parasitic shrub having branching greenish stems with leathery leaves and waxy white glutinous berries; the traditional mistletoe of Christmas
mistletoe, Loranthus europaeus(noun)
shrub of central and southeastern Europe; partially parasitic on beeches, chestnuts and oaks
Any of several parasitic evergreen plants with white berries that grow in the crowns of oaks, apple trees and other trees.
A sprig of these plants used as a Christmas decoration.
Origin: Old English misteltān, from mistel ‘mistletoe’ + tān ‘twig’. Compare mistle.
a parasitic evergreen plant of Europe (Viscum album), bearing a glutinous fruit. When found upon the oak, where it is rare, it was an object of superstitious regard among the Druids. A bird lime is prepared from its fruit
Origin: [AS. misteltn; mistel mistletoe + tn twig. AS. mistel is akin of D., G., Dan. & Sw. mistel, OHG. mistil, Icel. mistilteinn; and AS. tn to D. teen, OHG. zein, Icel. teinn, Goth. tains. Cf. Missel.]
Mistletoe is the common name for obligate hemi-parasitic plants in several families in the order Santalales. These plants attach to and penetrate the branches of a tree or shrub by a structure called the haustorium, through which they absorb water and nutrients from the host plant.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
miz′l-tō, n. a parasitic evergreen plant, with white viscous berries, found in southern England and elsewhere growing on the apple, apricot, &c. (very rarely on the oak). [A.S. mistel-tán (Ice. mistel-teinn)—mistel, mistletoe, A.S. tán, twig; mistel is a dim. of mist.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Parasitic plants that form a bushy growth on branches of host trees which are in the order Santalales. It includes the Christmas mistletoe family (VISCACEAE), the showy mistletoe family (LORANTHACEAE) and the catkin mistletoe family (Eremolepidaceae). The composition of toxins, lectins, tyramine, phenethylamines, and other compounds may be affected by the host.
The numerical value of mistletoe in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of mistletoe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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- نبات طفيليArabic
- vescCatalan, Valencian
- blanka viskoEsperanto
- muérdago, ligaSpanish
- uil-ìocScottish Gaelic
- pirinoa, pirirangi, kohuorangiMāori
- maretak, vogellijm, mistelDutch
- viscu, biscuSardinian
- božikovina, имелаSerbo-Croatian
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