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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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  • I had suggested their being fitted on again, as with the croton leaves and ferns.

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  • The fruit of croton is a feast both to the eye and to the palate.

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

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

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

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  • The croton water had been such a great and wonderful blessing.

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  • On its highest hill rises the brook which becomes the croton River.

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  • For many years the railroad came no nearer than croton Falls.

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

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  • croton had stipulated as to the price of the trip, and was just speaking to Vinicius.

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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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