1a strong-scented tree, shrub, or herbaceous plant of the spurge family, native to tropical and warm regions. Several kinds yield timber and other commercially important products.
- Genus Croton, family Euphorbiaceae: numerous species, including C. laccifer, the host plant for the lac insect
2a small evergreen tree or shrub of the Indo-Pacific region, which is grown for its colorful ornamental foliage.
- Genus Codiaeum, family Euphorbiaceae: several species, in particular C. variegatum, many varieties of which are popular houseplants