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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The weed-control scheme is supposed to help prevent the Colorado Butterfly Plant from being choked off by Canada thistle, leafy spurge, Dalmatian toadflax, hound’s tongue and hoary cress.
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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
First Known Use: 14th century
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