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.
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How to use croton in a sentence
Pierre Van Cortlandt, a distinguished revolutionary patriot, died at his seat at croton river, aged 94.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
croton quadripartitum, Labill., was observed in longitude 148 degrees.
We shall starve to death—like croton water-bugs caught in a diamond casket, said Flick, who had a taste for poetical flights.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
He made no further attempt in that direction, and Washington retreated to a good position behind croton river.The Political History of England - Vol. X. | William Hunt
Washington had been drawn down thither, and Lee, whom he left at the croton, failed to support him.The Political History of England - Vol. X. | William Hunt
British Dictionary definitions for croton
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
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