Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several evergreen creeping plants of the genus Pachysandra of East Asia and the southeast United States, especially Japanese spurge, often planted as a ground cover.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of prostrate plants of the apetalous order Euphorbiaceæ and the tribe Buxeæ, known by its four stamens, and alternate usually coarse-toothed leaves.

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

  • noun (Bot.) Any plant of the genus Pachysandra; they are low-growing evergreen herbs or subshrubs having dentate leaves and used as ground cover.

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

  • noun botany A genus of four or five species of evergreen shrubs or subshrubs, belonging to the boxwood family, Buxaceae used ornamentally as groundcover.

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

  • noun any plant of the genus Pachysandra; low-growing evergreen herbs or subshrubs having dentate leaves and used as ground cover

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Pachysandra, genus name : Greek pakhus, thick + New Latin -andrus, -androus (after its thick stamens).]

Examples

  • So I hacked that all down and hauled it away, cleaned up about ten years of pine needles, repositioned the feeders, and then went and bought a couple trays of pachysandra, which is a nice ground cover, works really well in acidic soil, and is native to the aimai

    Balloon Juice

  • Growing up in Boston, Charlie had met any number of these short, plucky, velvet-eyed ladies; they were as common in these parts as pachysandra and chrysanthemums.

    Three Stages of Amazement

  • Growing up in Boston, Charlie had met any number of these short, plucky, velvet-eyed ladies; they were as common in these parts as pachysandra and chrysanthemums.

    Three Stages of Amazement

  • There's a dark patch of pachysandra that grows by the thin line of trees that separates our yard from the neighbors.

    Wind

  • Once I thought I got close and I almost died - and it was just a hose moving through some patch of pachysandra.

    Manhattan Meets Grimm In Book Of 'Modern Fairies'

  • Once I thought I got close and I almost died - and it was just a hose moving through some patch of pachysandra.

    Manhattan Meets Grimm In Book Of 'Modern Fairies'

  • Once I thought I got close and I almost died - and it was just a hose moving through some patch of pachysandra.

    Manhattan Meets Grimm In Book Of 'Modern Fairies'

  • Once I thought I got close and I almost died - and it was just a hose moving through some patch of pachysandra.

    Manhattan Meets Grimm In Book Of 'Modern Fairies'

  • We burned you up (though you mentioned the River); the mother-bitch and I watched the old lamb jiggle you into a hole amid the sprawls of pachysandra.

    Not from the self but from the Other

  • (One might never find its way out of the pachysandra.)

    Sometimes DIY can mean “Do In Yourself”

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