any of a genus (Euphorbia) of plants of the spurge family, with milky juice and minute, simplified flowers borne in cuplike inflorescences
Origin of spurgeMiddle English ; from Middle French espurge ; from espurger, to purge ; from Classical Latin expurgare: see expurgate
designating a family (Euphorbiaceae, order Euphorbiales) of dicotyledonous plants, usually with milky juice and diclinous flowers, including the poinsettia, cassava, and rubber tree
Any of numerous herbs, shrubs, or trees of the genus Euphorbia, characteristically having milky juice and a cluster of small unisexual flowers that are surrounded by a cuplike structure composed of fused bracts. Also called euphorbia.
Origin of spurgeMiddle English, from Old French espurge, from espurgier, to purge (from its use as a purgative), from Latin expūrgāre; see expurgate.
(usually uncountable, plural spurges)
From Old French espurge.
(third-person singular simple present spurges, present participle spurging, simple past and past participle spurged)