boxthorn

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box·thorn

 (bŏks′thôrn′)

boxthorn

(ˈbɒksˌθɔːn)
n
(Plants) another name for matrimony vine

mat′rimony vine`


n.
any plant belonging to the genus Lycium, of the nightshade family, species of which are cultivated for their foliage, flowers, and berries.
Also called boxthorn.
[1810–20]
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Noun1.boxthorn - any of various shrubs or vines of the genus Lycium with showy flowers and bright berriesboxthorn - any of various shrubs or vines of the genus Lycium with showy flowers and bright berries
genus Lycium, Lycium - deciduous and evergreen shrubs often spiny; cosmopolitan in temperate and subtropical regions
common matrimony vine, Duke of Argyll's tea tree, Lycium barbarum, Lycium halimifolium - deciduous erect or spreading shrub with spiny branches and violet-purple flowers followed by orange-red berries; southeastern Europe to China
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems