croton

noun

cro·​ton ˈkrō-tᵊn How to pronounce croton (audio)
1
: any of a genus (Croton) of herbs, shrubs, and trees of the spurge family: such as
a
: one (C. eluteria) of the Bahamas yielding cascarilla bark
b
: an Asian plant (C. tiglium) yielding croton oil
2
: any of a genus (Codiaeum) of shrubs and trees related to the crotons

Examples of croton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conceivably, Pissarro would have arrived at those croton hues without his Caribbean childhood, but as a metaphor the idea is sound: Pissarro’s island identity was essential to his always liminal life. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2023 Containers planted with vibrant crotons pair perfectly with a cheerful smattering of pumpkins. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 5 Sep. 2023 The spiraling hedges are planted with gold dust croton, a leafy green plant dotted with yellow. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2023 This fake croton plant will give you those bright leaves all year round without having to put in the work. Michelle Love, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 May 2023 Hawkins attended one such auction earlier this spring and says the competition for a slow-growing type of croton with 15 orange leaves became so intense that the two final bidders decided to split it. Hannah Holland, Washington Post, 2 May 2023 This propagation method works on many tropical plants often grown indoors, including weeping fig, rubber plant, hibiscus, schefflera, dracaena, dieffenbachia, pothos, and crotons. Lynn Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Mar. 2023 Scrape the stems of the croton with the dead leaves to determine where there may be green portions capable of growth. Tom MacCubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 18 Mar. 2023 Add a tropical touch to your indoor decor with croton plants. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 2 Feb. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, genus name, from Greek krotōn castor-oil plant

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of croton was in 1751

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Cite this Entry

“Croton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/croton. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

croton

noun
cro·​ton ˈkrōt-ᵊn How to pronounce croton (audio)
1
capitalized : a genus of herbs and shrubs of the spurge family
2
: an herb or shrub of the genus Croton: as
a
: one (C. eluteria) of the Bahamas yielding cascarilla bark
b
: an Asian plant (C. tiglium) yielding croton oil

Geographical Definition

Croton

geographical name

Cro·​ton ˈkrō-tᵊn How to pronounce Croton (audio)
1
river 60 miles (95 kilometers) long in southeastern New York flowing into the Hudson River
2
see crotone

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