[ 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.
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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)
Words nearby aucuba
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Example sentences from the Web for aucuba
The last plant generally included in this order is Aucuba japonica, though it is probable this plant belongs to Cornace.Botany for Ladies|Jane Loudon
The familiar Japanese laurel of gardens and shrubberies is Aucuba japonica.