euphorbia

[yoo-fawr-bee-uh]

Origin of euphorbia

1350–1400; Middle English euforbia for Latin euphorbea, an African plant named after Euphorbos, a Greek physician
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euphorbia

noun
  1. any plant of the genus Euphorbia, such as the spurges and poinsettia: family Euphorbiaceae

Word Origin for euphorbia

C14 euforbia: from Latin euphorbea African plant named after Euphorbus, first-century ad Greek physician
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