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 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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  • 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 — type of evergreen shrub, 1540s, of unknown origin. Early forms primet, primprint perhaps suggest some connection with prime …   Etymology 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 honeysuckle — noun : a low Chinese evergreen shrub (Lonicera pileata) having foliage resembling that of a privet and violet purple fruit …   Useful english dictionary

  • privet — priv•et [[t]ˈprɪv ɪt[/t]] n. pln any deciduous or evergreen shrubs of the genus Ligustrum, of the olive family, esp. L. vulgare, having small white flowers and commonly grown as a hedge • Etymology: 1535–45; orig. uncert …   From formal English to slang

  • privet — /ˈprɪvət / (say privuht) noun 1. one of three shrubs, Ligustrum sinese, L. lucidum or L. ovalifolium, with evergreen leaves and small, heavily perfumed white flowers, now considered a noxious weed. 2. any of various other species of the genus… …   Australian English dictionary

  • privet — n. any evergreen shrub of the genus Ligustrum, esp. L. vulgare bearing small white flowers and black berries, and much used for hedges. Etymology: 16th c.: orig. unkn …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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