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privet

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɪvɪt
 
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Definition of privet in English:

noun

A shrub of the olive family, with small white heavily scented flowers and poisonous black berries.
Example sentences
  • Swirling robins and starlings competed for the red berries of the barberry and the blue berries of the privet.
  • The planting included oak, ash, crab-apple, field maple, hawthorn, blackthorn, privet and dogwood and down by the ponds in River Field two areas of willows were planted.
  • Plants such as privet or barberry need severe pruning immediately after planting and at the beginning of the second year to make them bushy.

Origin

mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with privet

civet, rivet, trivet

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