(Brood"y) a. Inclined to brood. Ray.
(Brook) n. [OE. brok, broke, brook, AS. broc; akin to D. broek, LG. brok, marshy ground,
OHG. pruoh, G. bruch marsh; prob. fr. the root of E. break, so as that it signifies water breaking through
the earth, a spring or brook, as well as a marsh. See Break, v. t.] A natural stream of water smaller
than a river or creek.
The Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water.
Deut. viii. 7.
Empires itself, as doth an inland brook
Into the main of waters.
(Brook), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Brooked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Brooking.] [OE. broken, bruken, to
use, enjoy, digest, AS. brcan; akin to D. gebruiken to use, OHG. prhhan, G. brauchen, gebrauchen,
Icel. brka, Goth. brkjan, and L. frui, to enjoy. Cf. Fruit, Broker.]
1. To use; to enjoy. [Obs.] Chaucer.
2. To bear; to endure; to put up with; to tolerate; as, young men can not brook restraint. Spenser.
Shall we, who could not brook one lord,
Crouch to the wicked ten?
3. To deserve; to earn. [Obs.] Sir J. Hawkins.
(Brook"ite) n. [Named from the English mineralogist, H. J. Brooke.] (Min.) A mineral consisting
of titanic oxide, and hence identical with rutile and octahedrite in composition, but crystallizing in the
(Brook"let) n. A small brook.
(Brook"lime`) n. (Bot.) A plant with flowers, usually blue, in axillary racemes. The American
species is V. Americana. [Formerly written broklempe or broklympe.]
(Brook" mint`) (Bot.) See Water mint.
(Brook"side`) n. The bank of a brook.
(Brook"weed`) n. (Bot.) A small white-flowered herb (Samolus Valerandi) found usually in
wet places; water pimpernel.
(Broom) n. [OE. brom, brome, AS. brom; akin to LG. bram, D. brem, OHG. bramo broom,
thornbush, G. brombeere blackberry. Cf. Bramble, n.]
1. (Bot.) A plant having twigs suitable for making brooms to sweep with when bound together; esp., the
Cytisus scoparius of Western Europe, which is a low shrub with long, straight, green, angular branches,
minute leaves, and large yellow flowers.
No gypsy cowered o'er fires of furze and broom.
2. An implement for sweeping floors, etc., commonly made of the panicles or tops of broom corn, bound
together or attached to a long wooden handle; so called because originally made of the twigs of the
Butcher's broom, a plant (Ruscus aculeatus) of the Smilax family, used by butchers for brooms to
sweep their blocks; called also knee holly. See Cladophyll. Dyer's broom, a species of mignonette
(Reseda luteola), used for dyeing yellow; dyer's weed; dyer's rocket. Spanish broom. See under