them. The larvæ feed upon decaying flesh, and are useful scavengers. To bury the hatchet, to lay
aside the instruments of war, and make peace; a phrase used in allusion to the custom observed by
the North American Indians, of burying a tomahawk when they conclude a peace.
Syn. To intomb; inter; inhume; inurn; hide; cover; conceal; overwhelm; repress.
(Bur"y*ing ground`, Bur"y*ing place). The ground or place for burying the dead; burial
(Bus) n. [Abbreviated from omnibus.] An omnibus. [Colloq.]
(Bus"by) n.; pl. Busbies (Mil.) A military headdress or cap, used in the British army. It is of
fur, with a bag, of the same color as the facings of the regiment, hanging from the top over the right
(||Bus"con) n. [Sp., a searcher, fr. buscar to search.] One who searches for ores; a prospector.
(Bush) n. [OE. bosch, busch, buysch, bosk, busk; akin to D. bosch, OHG. busc, G. busch,
Icel. buskr, buski, Dan. busk, Sw. buske, and also to LL. boscus, buscus, Pr. bosc, It. bosco,
Sp. & Pg. bosque, F. bois, OF. bos. Whether the LL. or G. form is the original is uncertain; if the LL.,
it is perh. from the same source as E. box a case. Cf. Ambush, Boscage, Bouquet, Box a case.]
1. A thicket, or place abounding in trees or shrubs; a wild forest.
This was the original sense of the word, as in the Dutch bosch, a wood, and was so used by Chaucer.
In this sense it is extensively used in the British colonies, especially at the Cape of Good Hope, and
also in Australia and Canada; as, to live or settle in the bush.
2. A shrub; esp., a shrub with branches rising from or near the root; a thick shrub or a cluster of shrubs.
To bind a bush of thorns among sweet-smelling flowers.
3. A shrub cut off, or a shrublike branch of a tree; as, bushes to support pea vines.
4. A shrub or branch, properly, a branch of ivy (as sacred to Bacchus), hung out at vintners' doors, or as
a tavern sign; hence, a tavern sign, and symbolically, the tavern itself.
If it be true that good wine needs no bush, 't is true that a good play needs no epilogue.
5. (Hunting) The tail, or brush, of a fox.
To beat about the bush, to approach anything in a round-about manner, instead of coming directly to
it; a metaphor taken from hunting. Bush bean (Bot.), a variety of bean which is low and requires
no support (Phaseolus vulgaris, variety nanus). See Bean, 1. Bush buck, or Bush goat (Zoöl.),
a beautiful South African antelope (Tragelaphus sylvaticus); so called because found mainly in wooden
localities. The name is also applied to other species. Bush cat (Zoöl.), the serval. See Serval.
Bush chat (Zoöl.), a bird of the genus Pratincola, of the Thrush family. Bush dog. (Zoöl.) See
Potto. Bush hammer. See Bushhammer in the Vocabulary. Bush harrow (Agric.) See under
Harrow. Bush hog (Zoöl.), a South African wild hog (Potamochrus Africanus); called also bush
pig, and water hog. Bush master (Zoöl.), a venomous snake (Lachesis mutus) of Guinea; called
also surucucu. Bush pea (Bot.), a variety of pea that needs to be bushed. Bush shrike (Zoöl.),
a bird of the genus Thamnophilus, and allied genera; called also batarg. Many species inhabit tropical
America. Bush tit (Zoöl.), a small bird of the genus Psaltriparus, allied to the titmouse. P. minimus