[ aw-kyuh-buh ]
/ ˈɔ kyə bə /


any shrub of the genus Aucuba, native to Asia, having evergreen leaves, clusters of purple flowers, and brightly colored berries.

Origin of aucuba

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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