Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various shrubs or small trees of the genus Rhamnus, which includes several ornamentals and a few medicinal species such as the cascara buckthorn.
  • n. See bumelia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several, often thorny shrubs or small trees of the genus Rhamnus, especially the common buckthorn or purging buckthorn; Rhamnus cathartica.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus (Rhamnus) of shrubs or trees. The shorter branches of some species terminate in long spines or thorns. See rhamnus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The popular name of species of Rhamnus (which see).
  • n. A local English name of the haddock: chiefly applied to dried haddock.
  • n. In the southern United States any species of the genus Bumelia, particularly B. lycioides.

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

  • n. an Old World plantain with long narrow ribbed leaves widely established in temperate regions
  • n. a shrub or shrubby tree of the genus Rhamnus; fruits are source of yellow dyes or pigments
  • n. any shrub or small tree of the genus Bumelia

Etymologies

Translation of New Latin cervī spīna : cervī, genitive of cervus, deer, buck + spīna, thorn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
buck +‎ thorn (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Cascara, also called buckthorn, works by stimulating the lining of the upper intestines to promote normal bowel function.

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  • Sometimes volunteers pull weeds at events called buckthorn busts.

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  • "If buckthorn-control is not started immediately, the entire swamp could be classified as a buckthorn thicket and the invasion of buckthorn on the open bog mat advanced," Bergsma and Quinlan warn.

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  • Fingering blame on the not - so-natural causes is made challenging by the many suspects: An invasive plant called buckthorn, a large population of deer after decades in which they were absent, the effects of development all around the bog and the intrusive behaviour of people both in the bog and around its edges.

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  • Since 1945, an invasive plant called buckthorn has taken over 60 per cent of the swamp that surrounds the bog, aerial studies show.

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  • * An invasive plant called buckthorn threatens to crowd out other plants in environmentally sensitive land around the bog.

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  • The Latin version has in both places rhamnus, "buckthorn"; of which several species grow in

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  • Small backyards and large "back-forties" can provide homes for birds if invasive non-native plants such as buckthorn are removed and native trees, shrubs and plants are added.

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  • • Instead of gradually letting all parks decline, spread the budget dollars across a smaller number and literally close off a few, but do not sell the land and at least allow in friends of the parks to try and keep invasive plants such as buckthorn and garlic mustard at bay.

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  • Most of the money won in the settlement will be used to reestablish native plants on the bare ground and protect the exposed area from the invasion of species such as buckthorn, he said.

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