privet

[ priv-it ]
/ ˈprɪv ɪt /

noun

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.

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Origin of privet

First recorded in 1535–45; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for privet

privet
/ (ˈprɪvɪt) /

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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