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

  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Euphorbia, characteristically having milky juice and small unisexual flowers that are surrounded by a cuplike structure composed of fused bracts.

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  • n. Any plant of the genus Euphorbia exuding a bitter milky juice which was formerly used as a purgative.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any plant of the genus Euphorbia. See euphorbia.
  • transitive v. To emit foam; to froth; -- said of the emission of yeast from beer in course of fermentation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To purge; cleanse; rid.
  • To purge; froth; emit froth; especially, to work and cleanse itself, as ale.
  • n. A plant of the genus Euphorbia.

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

  • n. any of numerous plants of the genus Euphorbia; usually having milky often poisonous juice


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

Middle English, from Old French espurge, from espurgier, to purge (from its use as a purgative), from Latin expūrgāre; see expurgate.

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From Old French espurge.


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  • ah! "So called from the plant's purgative properties" (see OE)

    this word fascinates me @-@

    September 20, 2009