Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Euphorbia, characteristically having milky juice and small unisexual flowers that are surrounded by a cuplike structure composed of fused bracts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any plant of the genus Euphorbia exuding a bitter milky juice which was formerly used as a purgative.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any plant of the genus Euphorbia. See euphorbia.
  • transitive v. To emit foam; to froth; -- said of the emission of yeast from beer in course of fermentation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To purge; cleanse; rid.
  • To purge; froth; emit froth; especially, to work and cleanse itself, as ale.
  • n. A plant of the genus Euphorbia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of numerous plants of the genus Euphorbia; usually having milky often poisonous juice

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French espurge, from espurgier, to purge (from its use as a purgative), from Latin expūrgāre; see expurgate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French espurge. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Euphorbia lathyrus, often called gopher spurge, which is reputed to repel the furry destructors.

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  • It was also shocking to me that their habitat inspector failed to notice the noxious weeds—leafy spurge along the waterways, Canada thistle, cheatgrass and other troublesome invaders largely spread by cattle.

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  • Cheatgrass had moved in along with leafy spurge, Canada thistle and whitetop, all noxious weeds.

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  • Suddenly it was mid-June and noxious weeds—leafy spurge, cheatgrass, hoary cress, Canada thistle—grew everywhere.

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  • Alves came to the Camp Nou in the middle of a revolution marked by the arrival of a then unproven manager, Pep Guardiola, and a Stalinist spurge that saw an overhaul of the squad, including the departures of Deco, Ronaldinho and Edmílson, fellow countrymen who might have helped accommodate Alves at the club.

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  • I would go with Nikonfor yor 30-06, or if you want to spurge go with Leupold.

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  • Buy quality cables with sturdy connectors, but don't spurge for pricey ones that offer little, if any, performance benefits. —

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  • Sea holly, sea beet, sea campion, cliff samphire, sea spurge and the sea kale, which Lord Montagu is said to eat, all clambered about the shingle, sheltered in little driftwood alcoves, their colours accentuated against the pale silver of the pickled wood.

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  • ah! "So called from the plant's purgative properties" (see OE)

    this word fascinates me @-@

    September 20, 2009