- 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)
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Examples from the Web for aucuba
The familiar Japanese laurel of gardens and shrubberies is Aucuba japonica.
The last plant generally included in this order is Aucuba japonica, though it is probable this plant belongs to Cornace.Botany for Ladies