[syn: mistletoe, Loranthus europaeus]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mistletoe \Mis"tle*toe\, n. [AS. mistelt[=a]n; mistel mistletoe
+ t[=a]n twig. AS. mistel is akin of D., G., Dan. & Sw.
mistel, OHG. mistil, Icel. mistilteinn; and AS. t[=a]n to D.
teen, OHG. zein, Icel. teinn, Goth. tains. Cf. Missel.]
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. [Written also
misletoe, misseltoe, and mistleto.] --Lindley.
Note: The mistletoe of the United States is Phoradendron
serotinum (syn. Phoradendron flavescens), having
broader leaves than the European kind. In different
regions various similar plants are called by this name.
The mistletoe is used as a decoration at Christmas
time, and it is a tradition that two persons of the
oposite sex finding each other under a mistletoe sprig
[1913 Webster +PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: American plants closely resembling Old World mistletoe
[syn: mistletoe, false mistletoe]
2: Old World parasitic shrub having branching greenish stems
with leathery leaves and waxy white glutinous berries; the
traditional mistletoe of Christmas [syn: mistletoe, Viscum
album, Old World mistletoe]
3: shrub of central and southeastern Europe; partially parasitic
on beeches, chestnuts and oaks [syn: mistletoe, Loranthus