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[Middle English euforbia, from Latin euphorbea, after Euphorbus, first-century ad Greek physician.]


(Plants) any plant of the genus Euphorbia, such as the spurges and poinsettia: family Euphorbiaceae
[C14 euforbia: from Latin euphorbea African plant named after Euphorbus, first-century ad Greek physician]


(yuˈfɔr bi ə)

n., pl. -bi•as.
any plant of the genus Euphorbia, comprising the spurges.
[1350–1400; Middle English euforbia « Latin euphorbea, an African plant named after Euphorbos, a Greek physician]
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Noun1.euphorbia - type genus of the Euphorbiaceae: very large genus of diverse plants all having milky juiceEuphorbia - type genus of the Euphorbiaceae: very large genus of diverse plants all having milky juice
rosid dicot genus - a genus of dicotyledonous plants
Euphorbiaceae, family Euphorbiaceae, spurge family - a family of plants of order Geraniales
spurge - any of numerous plants of the genus Euphorbia; usually having milky often poisonous juice
caper spurge, Euphorbia lathyris, myrtle spurge, mole plant - poisonous Old World spurge; adventive in America; seeds yield a purgative oil
Euphorbia helioscopia, sun spurge, wartweed, wartwort, devil's milk - not unattractive European weed whose flowers turn toward the sun
devil's milk, Euphorbia peplus, petty spurge - an Old World spurge introduced as a weed in the eastern United States
Euphorbia caput-medusae, Euphorbia medusae, medusa's head - African dwarf succulent perennial shrub with numerous slender drooping branches
Euphorbia corollata, flowering spurge, tramp's spurge, wild spurge - common perennial United States spurge having showy white petallike bracts
Euphorbia marginata, ghost weed, snow-in-summer, snow-on-the-mountain - annual spurge of western United States having showy white-bracted flower clusters and very poisonous milk
cypress spurge, Euphorbia cyparissias - Old World perennial having foliage resembling cypress; naturalized as a weed in the United States
Euphorbia esula, leafy spurge, wolf's milk - tall European perennial naturalized and troublesome as a weed in eastern North America
Euphorbia hirsuta, hairy spurge - much-branched hirsute weed native to northeastern North America
Christmas flower, Christmas star, Euphorbia pulcherrima, lobster plant, Mexican flameleaf, poinsettia, painted leaf - tropical American plant having poisonous milk and showy tapering usually scarlet petallike leaves surrounding small yellow flowers
Euphorbia heterophylla, Japanese poinsettia, mole plant, paint leaf - showy poinsettia found from the southern United States to Peru
Euphorbia cyathophora, fire-on-the-mountain, Mexican fire plant, painted leaf - poinsettia of United States and eastern Mexico; often confused with Euphorbia heterophylla
Euphorbia amygdaloides, wood spurge - European perennial herb with greenish yellow terminal flower clusters
Euphorbia antisyphilitica, candelilla - wax-coated shrub of northern Mexico and southwestern United States
dwarf spurge, Euphorbia exigua - European erect or depressed annual weedy spurge adventive in northeastern United States
Euphorbia fulgens, scarlet plume - Mexican shrub often cultivated for its scarlet-bracted flowers
cactus euphorbia, Euphorbia ingens, naboom - small tree of dry open parts of southern Africa having erect angled branches suggesting candelabra
Christ plant, Christ thorn, Euphorbia milii, crown of thorns - somewhat climbing bushy spurge of Madagascar having long woody spiny stems with few leaves and flowers with scarlet bracts
Euphorbia dentata, toothed spurge - an annual weed of northeastern North America with dentate leaves
References in classic literature ?
I recognised some euphorbias, with the caustic sugar coming from them; heliotropes, quite incapable of justifying their name, sadly drooped their clusters of flowers, both their colour and perfume half gone.
Again, Euphorbia, a mundane or widely distributed genus, has here eight species, of which seven are confined to the archipelago, and not one found on any two islands: Acalypha and Borreria, both mundane genera, have respectively six and seven species, none of which have the same species on two islands, with the exception of one Borreria, which does occur on two islands.
However, don't be tempted to eat them as the plant is toxic and like all euphorbias, has milky latex which can burn the skin, so handle with caution.
QI have been very impressed by euphorbias I've seen over the past few years but which should I choose?
Big spurge that will stand the squelch 6 I have been very impressed by euphorbias I've seen over the past few years but which should I choose?
The succulent euphorbias: Poisonous and medicinal", Euphorbia Journal, vol.
Like several euphorbias it gives off a honey scent and when grown en masse it is amazingly powerful.
Admission pounds 2, children free tuesday Don Whitton, who has a national collection of euphorbias, gives a talk called Top 10 gardens to Plant Heritage's North Wales Group, St Asaph Cricket Club (junc 27 off A55), 7.
Statice is a fitting purple blue companion to valerian, as are any of the yellow bracted, blue-green leafed euphorbias (Euphorbia characias, E.
PLANT OF THE WEEK: Euphorbia griffithii FireglowIF you think your garden's too wet or too cold for euphorbias, look no further than Euphorbia griffithii Fireglow.