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.

, (Ligustrum vulgare)

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  • privet — [priv′it] n. [< ?] 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) …   English World dictionary

  • Privet — (Bank.), so v.w. Abtritt 2) …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Privet — (spr. wä, mittellat. Privatum, franz. Privé), geheimes Gemach; Abtritt (s. d.) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • privet — type of evergreen shrub, 1540s, of unknown origin. Early forms primet, primprint perhaps suggest some connection with prime …   Etymology dictionary

  • privet — ► NOUN ▪ a shrub with small white flowers and poisonous black berries. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • 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

  • privet — paprastasis ligustras statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Alyvmedinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Ligustrum vulgare), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje, pietų Europoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Ligustrum vulgare… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • privet — [[t]prɪ̱vɪt[/t]] N UNCOUNT Privet is a type of bush with small leaves that stay green all year round. It is often grown in gardens to form hedges. The garden was enclosed by a privet hedge …   English dictionary

  • privet — UK [ˈprɪvət] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms privet : singular privet plural privets a bush with small, dark green leaves that is often used for hedges …   English dictionary

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