[ pak-uh-san-druh ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby pachysandra Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023