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A deciduous shrub (Lyonia mariana) in the heath family, native to the eastern United States, having poisonous foliage and white or pink flowers clustered in racemes.
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(Plants) an ericaceous deciduous shrub, Lyonia mariana, of E North America, having white or pinkish flowers: it is poisonous to livestock
[C19: so named because it was believed to cause staggers in sheep]
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|Noun||1.||staggerbush - deciduous shrub of coastal plain of the eastern United States having nodding pinkish-white flowers; poisonous to stock|
genus Lyonia, Lyonia - evergreen or deciduous shrubs or small trees of United States to Antilles and eastern Asia to the Himalaya
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