Spurge definition

spûrj
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.
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Any of a genus (Euphorbia) of plants of the spurge family, with milky juice and minute, simplified flowers borne in cuplike inflorescences.
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Designating a family (Euphorbiaceae, order Euphorbiales) of dicotyledonous plants, usually with milky juice and diclinous flowers, including the poinsettia, cassava, and rubber tree.
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Any plant of the species of genus Euphorbia that grow in England and exude a bitter milky juice which was formerly used as a purgative.
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Any plant of the genus Euphorbia.
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(intransitive) To emit foam; to froth; said of the emission of yeast from beer during fermentation.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
spurge
Plural:
spurges

Origin of spurge

  • Middle English from Old French espurge from espurgier to purge (from its use as a purgative) from Latin expūrgāre expurgate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French espurge.

    From Wiktionary

  • Uncertain.

    From Wiktionary