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aucuba

[aw-kyuh-buh] /ˈɔ kyə bə/
noun
1.
any shrub of the genus Aucuba, native to Asia, having evergreen leaves, clusters of purple flowers, and brightly colored berries.
Origin of aucuba
1783
1783; < New Latin, apparently < Japanese a(w)o-ku being green + -ba combining form of ha leaf (earlier fa, *pa); compare the Japanese name for the shrub ao-ki < a(w)o green + ki(y) tree (earlier *koi)
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