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

  • n. Any of several shrubs of the genus Ligustrum, especially L. vulgare or L. ovalifolium, having opposite leaves and clusters of white flowers and widely used for hedges.
  • n. Any of several similar or related plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various shrubs and small trees in the genus Ligustrum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An ornamental European shrub (Ligustrum vulgare), much used in hedges; -- called also prim.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shrub, Ligustrum vulgare, of the northern Old World, planted and somewhat naturalized in North America; the common or garden privet. The name extends also to the other members of the genus.
  • n. In the southern United States, a small oleaceous tree of wet grounds, Forestiera acuminata.

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

  • n. any of various Old World shrubs having smooth entire leaves and terminal panicles of small white flowers followed by small black berries; many used for hedges


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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