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A spiny shrub (Sarcobatus vermiculatus) of western North America, having small alternate leaves, white stems, and small greenish flowers.


(ˈɡriːsˌwʊd) or


1. (Plants) Also called: chico a spiny chenopodiaceous shrub, Sarcobatus vermiculatus of W North America, that yields an oil used as a fuel
2. (Plants) any of various similar or related plants, such as the creosote bush



1. a shrub, Sarcobatus vermiculatus, of the goosefoot family, growing in the arid western U.S.
2. any of various similar shrubs.
3. Western U.S. mesquite.
[1830–40, Amer.]
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Noun1.greasewood - low hardy much-branched spiny shrub common in alkaline soils of western Americagreasewood - low hardy much-branched spiny shrub common in alkaline soils of western America
genus Sarcobatus, Sarcobatus - one species: greasewood
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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183 m) near Greasewood, Arizona (Klersch and Keller, 1955).
While our first night out in Scottsdale was a blur of burgers, beers, bars and robot rodeo bulls, the nearby Greasewood Flats set on the edge of the desert provided something entirely different.
They pack water for others four days under a hot sun and never get a drop; they pack heavy burdens of corn and oats for months and never get a grain; and on bitter greasewood and other worthless shrubs not only subsist but keep fat.
However, 35% of these sites had a shrub (sage, greasewood, four-wing saltbush) vertical-cover component, and one (4.
Ferguson also refers to the possibility of Snake and Spring Valleys turning into dust bowls should the water table drop and deep-rooted plants such as greasewood lose touch with moisture and die.
This plant, called greasewood by the Papago, who use it medicinally, is Larrea tridentata.
pokeweed (Phytolacca americana), purslane (Portulaca oleracea), lamb's quarter (Chenopodium album), bassia (Bassia hyssopifolia), greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus), pigweed (Amaranthus spp.
5 miles of pipeline and related facilities that will provide 150,000 dekatherms per day of firm transportation capacity from the Greasewood and Meeker/White River hubs in Rio Blanco County, Colo.
The road narrows; greasewood slaps the side of the SUV.
If you like your tipple a little more Old West, visit the nearby Greasewood Flat (www.
Shippers can contract for long-term firm transportation service from receipt points near the Greasewood and Meeker Hubs in the Piceance Basin to delivery point interconnects at the Opal Hub in Wyoming.