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croton

[kroht-n]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. (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
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Examples from the Web for croton

Historical Examples

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

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    Amy Carmichael

  • 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.

    Germinie Lacerteux

    Edmond and Jules de Goncourt


British Dictionary definitions for croton

croton

noun
  1. any shrub or tree of the chiefly tropical euphorbiaceous genus Croton, esp C. tiglium, the seeds of which yield croton oil
  2. 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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