privet

[priv-it]
noun
  1. 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

First recorded in 1535–45; origin uncertain
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privet

noun
    1. any oleaceous shrub of the genus Ligustrum, esp L. vulgare or L. ovalifolium, having oval dark green leaves, white flowers, and purplish-black berries
    2. (as modifier)a privet hedge

Word Origin for privet

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for privet
n.

type of evergreen shrub, 1540s, of unknown origin. Early forms primet, primprint perhaps suggest some connection with prime [Klein].

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