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aucuba

[aw-kyuh-buh]
noun
  1. 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)
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Historical Examples

  • The familiar Japanese laurel of gardens and shrubberies is Aucuba japonica.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8

    Various

  • The last plant generally included in this order is Aucuba japonica, though it is probable this plant belongs to Cornace.