from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several shrubs of the genus Ligustrum, especially L. vulgare or L. ovalifolium, having opposite leaves and clusters of white flowers and widely used for hedges.
- n. Any of several similar or related plants.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various shrubs and small trees in the genus Ligustrum.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ornamental European shrub (Ligustrum vulgare), much used in hedges; -- called also prim.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shrub, Ligustrum vulgare, of the northern Old World, planted and somewhat naturalized in North America; the common or garden privet. The name extends also to the other members of the genus.
- n. In the southern United States, a small oleaceous tree of wet grounds, Forestiera acuminata.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various Old World shrubs having smooth entire leaves and terminal panicles of small white flowers followed by small black berries; many used for hedges
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)