mistletoe

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From Middle English *mistelto, alteration (due to the final -n being mistaken for the old plural ending) of *mistelton, from Old English misteltān, mistiltān (mistletoe), from mistel (birdlime, mistletoe, basil) + tān (twig, sprig), equivalent to mistle +‎ tan. Cognate with Danish mistelten, Icelandic mistilteinn. More at mistle.

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mistletoe (plural mistletoes)

  1. Any of several parasitic evergreen plants with white berries that grow in the crowns of oaks, apple trees and other trees.
  2. A sprig of these plants used as a Christmas decoration.

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The term mistletoe is used for both Viscum album (European mistletoe) and Phoradendron leucarpum (eastern mistletoe).

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