Mock privet
Privet Priv"et, n. [Cf. Scot. privie, Prov. E. prim-print, primwort. Prob. for primet, and perh. named from being cut and trimmed. See, {Prim}, a., and cf. {Prime} to prune, {Prim}, n., {Prie}, n.] (Bot.) An ornamental European shrub ({Ligustrum vulgare}), much used in hedges; -- called also {prim}. [1913 Webster]

{Egyptian privet}. See {Lawsonia}.

{Evergreen privet}, a plant of the genus {Rhamnus}. See {Alatern}.

{Mock privet}, any one of several evergreen shrubs of the genus {Phillyrea}. They are from the Mediterranean region, and have been much cultivated for hedges and for fancifully clipped shrubberies. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • mock privet — noun evergreen shrub with white flowers and olivelike fruits • Hypernyms: ↑shrub, ↑bush • Member Holonyms: ↑Phillyrea, ↑genus Phillyrea * * * mock privet noun A shrub (genus Phillyrea) related to privet • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • mock privet — ▪ plant       any shrub or small tree of the genus Phillyrea in the olive family, Oleaceae. The four species of mock privet, native to the Mediterranean area, sometimes are grown as ornamentals for their handsome, glossy, evergreen leaves. P.… …   Universalium

  • Privet — Priv et, n. [Cf. Scot. privie, Prov. E. prim print, primwort. Prob. for primet, and perh. named from being cut and trimmed. See, {Prim}, a., and cf. {Prime} to prune, {Prim}, n., {Prie}, n.] (Bot.) An ornamental European shrub ({Ligustrum… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Privet — This article is about the privet plant in the genus Ligustrum . Privet may also refer to plants in two other genera in family Oleaceae: Forestiera ( Swamp privet ) and Phillyrea ( Mock privet ). Taxobox name = Privet image width = 240px image… …   Wikipedia

  • privet — /priv it/, n. any of various deciduous or evergreen shrubs of the genus Ligustrum, esp. L. vulgare, having clusters of small white flowers and commonly grown as a hedge. [1535 45; orig. uncert.] * * * Any of about 40–50 species of shrubs and… …   Universalium

  • Egyptian privet — Privet Priv et, n. [Cf. Scot. privie, Prov. E. prim print, primwort. Prob. for primet, and perh. named from being cut and trimmed. See, {Prim}, a., and cf. {Prime} to prune, {Prim}, n., {Prie}, n.] (Bot.) An ornamental European shrub ({Ligustrum… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Evergreen privet — Privet Priv et, n. [Cf. Scot. privie, Prov. E. prim print, primwort. Prob. for primet, and perh. named from being cut and trimmed. See, {Prim}, a., and cf. {Prime} to prune, {Prim}, n., {Prie}, n.] (Bot.) An ornamental European shrub ({Ligustrum… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pipe privet — Pipe Pipe, n. [AS. p[=i]pe, probably fr. L. pipare, pipire, to chirp; of imitative origin. Cf. {Peep}, {Pibroch}, {Fife}.] 1. A wind instrument of music, consisting of a tube or tubes of straw, reed, wood, or metal; any tube which produces… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ligustrum vulgare — Privet Priv et, n. [Cf. Scot. privie, Prov. E. prim print, primwort. Prob. for primet, and perh. named from being cut and trimmed. See, {Prim}, a., and cf. {Prime} to prune, {Prim}, n., {Prie}, n.] (Bot.) An ornamental European shrub ({Ligustrum… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prim — Privet Priv et, n. [Cf. Scot. privie, Prov. E. prim print, primwort. Prob. for primet, and perh. named from being cut and trimmed. See, {Prim}, a., and cf. {Prime} to prune, {Prim}, n., {Prie}, n.] (Bot.) An ornamental European shrub ({Ligustrum… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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