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[mis-uh l-toh] /ˈmɪs əlˌtoʊ/

a European plant, Viscum album, having yellowish flowers and white berries, growing parasitically on various trees, used in Christmas decorations.
any of several other related, similar plants, as Phoradendron serotinum, of the U.S.: the state flower of Oklahoma.
a Eurasian evergreen shrub, Viscum album, with leathery leaves, yellowish flowers, and waxy white berries: grows as a partial parasite on various trees: used as a Christmas decoration: family Viscaceae
any of several similar and related American plants in the families Loranthaceae or Viscaceae, esp Phoradendron flavescens
mistletoe cactus, an epiphytic cactus, Rhipsalis cassytha, that grows in tropical America

Old English mistiltan, from mistel “mistletoe” (see missel) + tan “twig.” Cf. Old Norse mistilteinn, Norwegian misteltein, Danish mistelten. The second element is cognate with Old Saxon and Old Frisian ten, Old Norse teinn, Dutch teen, Old High German zein, Gothic tains “twig.” Venerated by the Druids; the custom of hanging it at Christmas and kissing under it is mentioned by Washington Irving.


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