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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of cuphorbiaceous plants, comprising about 500 species, natives of warm and especially of tropical regions, many of which possess important medicinal properties.
  • noun A foliage-plant of the genus Codiæum: so named by florists.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of euphorbiaceous plants belonging to tropical countries.
  • noun (Med.) a viscid, acrid, brownish yellow oil obtained from the seeds of Croton Tiglium, a small tree of the East Indies. It is a most powerful drastic cathartic, and is used externally as a pustulant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the tribe Crotoneae — many Asiatic shrubs, the source of croton oil.

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

  • noun grown in many varieties for their brightly colored foliage; widely cultivated as a houseplant
  • noun tropical Asiatic shrub; source of croton oil

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