- any of a large, mostly tropical genus (Croton) of shrubs, trees, and herbs of the spurge family: certain species yield croton oil and cascarilla, formerly used in medicine, and others are poisonous range weeds in the SW U.S.
- any of a genus (Codiaeum) of shrubs of the spurge family, grown for their ornamental, leathery leaves
Origin of crotonModern Latin from Classical Greek krot?n, a tick, castor-oil plant or (in plural ) its ticklike seeds
- Any of various plants of the genus Croton, which includes the sources of cascarilla bark and croton oil.
- A closely related Old World tropical evergreen shrub (Codiaeum variegatum) widely cultivated as a houseplant for its glossy multicolored foliage.
Origin of crotonNew Latin Croton genus name from Greek krotōn castor oil plant from krotōn tick, sheep tick (the seeds of the castor-oil plant having a ticklike appearance)
- (dated) The water supply of New York City. [from 1840]
- (New York City, historical) The main water supply pipe to a building or apartment
From the name New York City's water supply, the Croton Aqueduct, which supplied water from the Croton Reservoir in Croton-on-Hudson.