Definition of privet in English:

privet

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɪvɪt
 
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noun

  • A shrub of the olive family, with small white heavily scented flowers and poisonous black berries.
    • Genus Ligustrum, family Oleaceae: several species, in particular the evergreen L. ovalifolium, often used as hedging in towns
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    • 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.

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