[ pak-uh-san-druh ]
/ ˌpæk əˈsæn drə /


any plant of the genus Pachysandra, as the Allegheny spurge or Japanese spurge, the leaves of which grow in a rounded clump, widely used as a ground cover in the U.S.

Origin of pachysandra

1805–15; < New Latin: the genus name, irregular from Greek pachýs thick + Greek andr- (stem of anḗr man; see andro-) + -a -a2; so called in reference to the thick stamens of the male flowers Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020