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broom,

common name for plants of two closely related and similar Old World genera, Cytisus and Genista, of the family Leguminosae (pulsepulse,
in botany, common name for members of the Fabaceae (Leguminosae), a large plant family, called also the pea, or legume, family. Numbering about 650 genera and 17,000 species, the family is third largest, after the asters and the orchids.
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 family). They are mostly twiggy leguminous shrubs with abundant yellow or white (in Cytisus, purple also) pealike blossoms. The common, or Scotch, broom (Cytisus scoparius) is naturalized in parts of North America; the tops have been much used as a diuretic. The Canary broom, or so-called genista of florists, is Cytisus canariensis, a yellow-flowered evergreen shrub. Species of the genus Genista include Genista tinctoria, called also dyer's-greenweed, which yields yellow-to-green dyes. Other plants are also called broom. Broom is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Leguminosae.
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broom

Pretty shrub 8-11 ft (3.5m) with massive amounts of yellow flowers and seed pods that turn black later in year. When they burst open to release the legume-like seeds, they make a loud cracking sound. A very hardy plant that can withstand temperatures up to -25°C! A very invasive plant overtaking hillsides. Seeds can be ground and used as coffee substitute. Used for urinary tract problems, increase urine flow and regulate heart. Do not take if you have renal (kidney) problems. Contains toxic alkaloids that depress the heart and nervous system.

broom

1. To press a layer of roofing material against bitumen which has just been applied, in order to achieve proper and complete bond between the roofing plies.
2. To brush the scratch coat of plaster with a broom to improve the mechanical adhesion of the brown coat, thus producing a broom finish.
3. To spread the head of a timber pile by impact.

broom

traditional representation of humility. [Plant Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 167]

broom

1. any of various yellow-flowered Eurasian leguminous shrubs of the genera Cytisus, Genista, and Spartium, esp C. scoparius
2. any of various similar Eurasian plants of the related genera Genista and Spartium
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When a hungry dragon appears, audiences can expect to be kept on the edge of their seats as they find out if anyone will be able to save the poor witch and her friends from danger and the dragon's jaws and if there will be enough room on the broom for everyone to get away.
The smaller dustpan comes with a miniature broom designed to clean the table of food debris.
Sentencing Broom at the Old Bailey, Judge Richard Hone QC, said: "You are a violent bully and that categorised your behaviour.
AAP's broom symbolizes dignity of labour, with which the party hopes to clean the grime and the corruption in India.
I almost laughed out loud remembering the tale handed down to us about an uncle and a whipping with a broom straw.
5 m above or below the whorl of the broomed branch; pairs of branches had to be vigorous, without large sections with dead twigs (>5% total volume of branch); pairs of branches could not have a nest built by a squirrel or bird; nonbroomed branches of the pair could be infected by Douglas-fir dwarf mistletoe, but the branch could not have formed a broom; broomed branches had to have >20% of their total volume represented as volume of broom.
David Broom, 64, denied 25 counts - consisting of 16 for indecent assault, eight for rape and one of attempted indecent assault - over a 14-year period.
I always walk into the garage for the push broom whenever we get one of those Minnesota snow dumps.
Featuring a 50-inch main broom, the widest in this sweeper class, and DustGuard side broom dust suppression system, the SW8000 provides the widest dust controlled sweeping path in the industry.