aucuba

noun au·cu·ba \ ˈȯkyəbə \

Definition of aucuba

1 capitalized :a genus of shrubs (family Cornaceae) native to eastern Asia and having persistent often mottled foliage, small purple flowers in terminal panicles, and red berries
2 plural -s :a plant of the genus Aucuba

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Origin and Etymology of aucuba

New Latin, from Japanese aokoba aucuba, from ao green + ki, ko tree + ba leaf


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