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spurge

Syllabification: spurge
Pronunciation: /spərj
 
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Definition of spurge in English:

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
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).

Words that rhyme with spurge

converge, dirge, diverge, emerge, merge, purge, scourge, serge, splurge, submerge, surge, urge, verge

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