- 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.
- (among florists) any plant of the related genus Codiaeum (or Phyllaurea) cultivated for its ornamental foliage.
Origin of croton
Examples from the Web for croton
Historical Examples of croton
I had suggested their being fitted on again, as with the croton leaves and ferns.Lotus Buds
The fruit of Croton is a feast both to the eye and to the palate.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
He was commissioned to make for the people of Croton a painting of Helen of Troy.The Legacy of Greece
What does it signify to mankind that Milo of Croton and other victors of his class were invincible?Ten Books on Architecture
He examined Germinie, and ordered the application of croton oil.Germinie Lacerteux
Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
- any shrub or tree of the chiefly tropical euphorbiaceous genus Croton, esp C. tiglium, the seeds of which yield croton oil
- any of various tropical plants of the related genus Codiaeum, esp C. variegatum pictum, a house plant with variegated foliage