spurge

noun \ ˈspərj \

Definition of spurge

: any of a family (Euphorbiaceae) of widely distributed herbs, shrubs, and trees often with a bitter milky juice; especially : euphorbia

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Origin and Etymology of spurge

Middle English, from Anglo-French espurge, spurge, from espurger to clean out, purge, from Latin expurgare — more at expurgate


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spurge

noun \ ˈspərj \

medical Definition of spurge

: any of various mostly shrubby plants (family Euphorbiaceae, the spurge family, and especially genus Euphorbia) that have a bitter milky juice and that include several which have been used medicinally — see ipecac spurge

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