noun au·cu·ba \ˈȯkyəbə\

Definition of aucuba

  1. 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. 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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