Definitions

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  • n. a genus of herbs and shrubs belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae

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Examples

  • Coming at frequent intervals from the jungle or the heart of the mango trees or acalypha bushes, and wheresoever foliage is thickest, the sound is always welcome, as it tells of some of the most desirable features of the tropics — quiet, coolness, and the sweet security of shade.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • Butterflies which have feasted among the umbrella-trees on the beach and on the edge of the jungle flit about the garden and almost invariably visit the red but nectarless acalypha.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • Against the road on each side were close hedges of acalypha, or false coffee, called in Tahitian tafeie, a small tree which grows quickly, and the leaves of which are red or bronze or green, handsome and admirably suited for fencing.

    Mystic Isles of the South Seas.

  • When I had on my coat, we gathered limes, bananas, oranges, and a wild pineapple that grew near by in a tangle of coffee and vanilla, and the graceful acalypha.

    Mystic Isles of the South Seas.

  • Coming at frequent intervals from the jungle or the heart of the mango trees or acalypha bushes, and wheresoever foliage is thickest, the sound is always welcome, as it tells of some of the most desirable features of the tropics -- quiet, coolness, and the sweet security of shade.

    Confessions of a Beachcomber

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