Definition of spurge in English:

spurge

Syllabification: spurge
Pronunciation: /spərj
 
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noun

  • A herbaceous plant or shrub with milky latex and very small typically greenish flowers. Many kinds are cultivated as ornamentals and some are of commercial importance.
    • Genus Euphorbia, family Euphorbiaceae: numerous species
    More example sentences
    • ‘Wortflower’ and ‘wortgrass’ were local names for buttercup and petty spurge, plants that were believed to cure warts.
    • Mrs. Robb's spurge is a delightful evergreen perennial that will flourish in deep dry shade.
    • Leafy spurge, for example, is not a problematic weed in its Eurasian homeland.

Origin

late Middle English: shortening of Old French espurge, from espurgier, from Latin expurgare 'cleanse' (because of the purgative properties of the milky latex).

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