- any of various deciduous or evergreen shrubs of the genus Ligustrum, especially L. vulgare, having clusters of small white flowers and commonly grown as a hedge.
Origin of privet
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Historical Examples of privet
And then the old tavern came into sight behind its new hedge of privet.Athalie
Robert W. Chambers
Sometimes these elevations are crowned with privet or some light hedge-plant.Science and Practice in Farm Cultivation
What's your notion of a California privet hedge and entertaining the same?Our Square and the People in It
Samuel Hopkins Adams
Used a great deal for hedges before the days of the California privet.Carpentry and Woodwork
Edwin W. Foster
It comes freely to sugar, and has been taken at privet blossom.The Moths of the British Isles, First Series
- any oleaceous shrub of the genus Ligustrum, esp L. vulgare or L. ovalifolium, having oval dark green leaves, white flowers, and purplish-black berries
- (as modifier)a privet hedge
Word Origin for privet
type of evergreen shrub, 1540s, of unknown origin. Early forms primet, primprint perhaps suggest some connection with prime [Klein].