aucuba definition by Webster's New World
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any of a genus (Aucuba) of evergreen shrubs of the dogwood family, grown for their variegated foliage and red berries
Origin: Modern Latin probably ; from Japanese ; from ao, green plush ki, tree plush ha, leaf
aucuba definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Any of several eastern Asian evergreen shrubs of the genus Aucuba, especially A. japonica, grown as an ornamental chiefly for its glossy, leathery leaves.
Origin: New Latin : possibly from Japanese auku, green + Japanese ba, leaved.