EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun any of numerous plants of the genus Euphorbia, having a milky juice and flowers with no petals or sepals. Origin of spurge 1350–1400; Middle English
Middle French espurge,
noun derivative of
to cleanse <
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Well; do not open my eyes with pincers, nor compose for them a collyrium of
There are caterpillars which eat the leaves of the Euphorbia, or
spurge, for instance.
This caterpillar is almost always found on the Cyprus-leafed
Spurge, that is noxious to man, is a most wholesome nourishment to the Caterpillar.
spurge was that old story of hers now, and bitterer still the only moral lesson it now appeared to her to have. British Dictionary definitions for spurge noun any of various euphorbiaceous plants of the genus Euphorbia that have milky sap and small flowers typically surrounded by conspicuous bracts. Some species have purgative properties Word Origin for spurge
C14: from Old French
espurge, from espurgier to purge, from Latin expurgāre to cleanse, from ex- 1 + purgāre to purge
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Word Origin and History for spurge n.
plant species, late 14c., from Old French
espurge, from espurgier "to purge," from Latin expurgare, from ex- "out" (see ex-) + purgare "to purge" (see purge). So called from the plant's purgative properties.
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