American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several plants of the genus Pachysandra, especially the evergreen P. terminalis native to Japan, having toothed leaves and inconspicuous white unisexual flowers. Also called Japanese spurge.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of prostrate plants of the apetalous order Euphorbiaceæ and the tribe Buxeæ, known by its four stamens, and alternate usually coarse-toothed leaves. There are 2 species, one North American, the other of Japan. They bear ascending branches leafy only at the apex, and rather long spikes of very numerous small flowers, which in the American species, P. procumbens, are sweet and very attractive to insects. For want of a better name, that of the genus is sometimes translated thick-stamen. The plant has also been called
- n. botany A genus of four or five species of evergreen shrubs or subshrubs, belonging to the boxwood family, Buxaceae used ornamentally as groundcover.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) Any plant of the genus Pachysandra; they are low-growing evergreen herbs or subshrubs having dentate leaves and used as ground cover.
- n. any plant of the genus Pachysandra; low-growing evergreen herbs or subshrubs having dentate leaves and used as ground cover
- New Latin Pachysandra, genus name : Greek pakhus, thick + New Latin -andrus, -androus (after its thick stamens). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“So I hacked that all down and hauled it away, cleaned up about ten years of pine needles, repositioned the feeders, and then went and bought a couple trays of pachysandra, which is a nice ground cover, works really well in acidic soil, and is native to the aimai”
“Growing up in Boston, Charlie had met any number of these short, plucky, velvet-eyed ladies; they were as common in these parts as pachysandra and chrysanthemums.”
“There's a dark patch of pachysandra that grows by the thin line of trees that separates our yard from the neighbors.”
“Once I thought I got close and I almost died - and it was just a hose moving through some patch of pachysandra.”
“We burned you up (though you mentioned the River); the mother-bitch and I watched the old lamb jiggle you into a hole amid the sprawls of pachysandra.”
“(One might never find its way out of the pachysandra.)”
“Drill and drop," is how one gardener explained his method of planting bulbs into pachysandra.”
“Old growth trees, surrounded by deep beds of pachysandra, provide shade.”
“One might never find its way out of the pachysandra.”
“After all these lessons and rules about tools and hairspray and flames that threaten to engulf the yard and the pachysandra, the question remains: was it worth the trouble and therapy of overcoming a phobia just to grill and provide summertime sustenance when the sun is as high as an elephant's eye?”
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