1. Poisonous perennial Old World vine having violet flowers and oval coral-red berries; widespread weed in North America; SYN. bittersweet nightshade, woody nightshade, Solanum dulcamara.
2. Twining shrub of North America having three-valved yellow capsules enclosing scarlet seeds; SYN. American bittersweet, climbing bittersweet, false bittersweet, staff vine, waxwork, Celastrus scandens.
Alternate name for the woody nightshade plant. bitter-sweet
ETYM Old Eng. ussher, uschere, Old Fren. ussier, uisser, oissier, hussier, huissier, from Latin ostiarius a doorkeeper, from ostium a door, entrance, from os mouth. Related to Oral, Ostiary.
1. An official doorkeeper as in a courtroom or legislative chamber; SYN. doorkeeper.
2. Someone employed to conduct others; SYN. guide.