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[kroht-n] /ˈkroʊt n/
any of numerous chiefly tropical plants constituting the genus Croton, of the spurge family, several species of which, as C. tiglium, have important medicinal properties.
(among florists) any plant of the related genus Codiaeum (or Phyllaurea) cultivated for its ornamental foliage.
Origin of croton
1745-55; < New Latin < Greek krotṓn a tick, also the castor-oil plant, which has berries likened to ticks Unabridged
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  • Indeed, it is on account of his ability as athletic coach that he holds his position of instructor in French at croton.

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • He examined Germinie, and ordered the application of croton oil.

    Germinie Lacerteux Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
  • croton would take care of himself, even though ten like Ursus defended the maiden.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • He was commissioned to make for the people of croton a painting of Helen of Troy.

  • "I have a blow of the fist to be struck between the shoulders, which means that thou wilt perish," said croton.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • What does it signify to mankind that Milo of croton and other victors of his class were invincible?

  • A little paint, and a diligent application of broom and croton water, had kept the block quite fresh and jaunty.

    Round the Block John Bell Bouton
  • Be not plundered by Chilo, but be not sparing of money on croton.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • The first menstruum is commonly employed for croton oil on the Continent; the second, for that of ergot of rye.

  • He woke,—or rather they roused him,—only at the coming of croton.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
British Dictionary definitions for croton


any shrub or tree of the chiefly tropical euphorbiaceous genus Croton, esp C. tiglium, the seeds of which yield croton oil
any of various tropical plants of the related genus Codiaeum, esp C. variegatum pictum, a house plant with variegated foliage
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, from Greek krotōn tick, castor-oil plant (whose berries resemble ticks)
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