any of a genus (Ligustrum) of shrubs or trees of the olive family, with bluish-black berries and spikes of white flowers, often grown for hedges; esp., the common privet (L. vulgare)
Origin of privetfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- Any of various shrubs of the genus Ligustrum, especially L. vulgare, having opposite leaves and clusters of white flowers and widely used for hedges.
- Any of several similar or related plants.
Origin of privetOrigin unknown
Unknown origin, but possibly connected to prime.
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