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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History and Etymology for aucuba

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

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“Aucuba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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