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priv·et

 (prĭv′ĭt)
n.
1. Any of various shrubs of the genus Ligustrum, especially L. vulgare, having opposite leaves and clusters of white flowers and widely used for hedges.
2. Any of several similar or related plants.

[Origin unknown.]

privet

(ˈprɪvɪt)
n
(Plants)
a. any oleaceous shrub of the genus Ligustrum, esp L. vulgare or L. ovalifolium, having oval dark green leaves, white flowers, and purplish-black berries
b. (as modifier): a privet hedge.
[C16: of unknown origin]

priv•et

(ˈprɪv ɪt)

n.
any deciduous or evergreen shrubs of the genus Ligustrum, of the olive family, esp. L. vulgare, having small white flowers and commonly grown as a hedge.
[1535–45; orig. uncertain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.privet - any of various Old World shrubs having smooth entire leaves and terminal panicles of small white flowers followed by small black berriesprivet - any of various Old World shrubs having smooth entire leaves and terminal panicles of small white flowers followed by small black berries; many used for hedges
genus Ligustrum, Ligustrum - genus of Old World shrubs: privet
Amur privet, Ligustrum amurense - eastern Asian shrub cultivated especially for its persistent foliage
ibolium privet, ibota privet, Ligustrum ibolium - fast-growing and tightly branched hybrid of Ligustrum ovalifolium and Ligustrum obtusifolium
Japanese privet, Ligustrum japonicum - evergreen shrub of Japan and Korea having small dark leaves and flowers in loose panicles; related to but smaller than Chinese privet
Chinese privet, Ligustrum lucidum, white wax tree - erect evergreen treelike shrub of China and Korea and Japan having acuminate leaves and flowers in long erect panicles; resembles Japanese privet
Ligustrum obtusifolium - small deciduous shrub having graceful arching branches and luxuriant foliage
California privet, Ligustrum ovalifolium - semi-evergreen Japanese shrub having malodorous flowers; used extensively for hedges because more likely to stay green that common privet
common privet, Ligustrum vulgare - deciduous semi-evergreen shrub used for hedges
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
Translations

privet

[ˈprɪvɪt]
A. Nalheña f
B. CPD privet hedge Nseto m vivo

privet

[ˈprɪvɪt] ntroène m privet hedgeprivet hedge nhaie f de troènes

privet

n(gemeiner) Liguster; privet hedgeLigusterhecke f

privet

[ˈprɪvɪt] nligustro
References in classic literature ?
I'm not equal to answering," said Sancho, "for I feel as if I was speaking through my shoulders; let us mount and get away from this; I'll keep from braying, but not from saying that knights-errant fly and leave their good squires to be pounded like privet, or made meal of at the hands of their enemies.
The close green walls of privet, that had bordered the principal walk, were two-thirds withered away, and the rest grown beyond all reasonable bounds; the old boxwood swan, that sat beside the scraper, had lost its neck and half its body: the castellated towers of laurel in the middle of the garden, the gigantic warrior that stood on one side of the gateway, and the lion that guarded the other, were sprouted into such fantastic shapes as resembled nothing either in heaven or earth, or in the waters under the earth; but, to my young imagination, they presented all of them a goblinish appearance, that harmonised well with the ghostly legions and dark traditions our old nurse had told us respecting the haunted hall and its departed occupants.
My brother saw dimly through the dust that two men lifted out something on a white stretcher and put it gently on the grass beneath the privet hedge.
As they passed the bend in the lane my brother saw the face of the dying man in the ditch under the privet, deadly white and drawn, and shining with perspi- ration.
This is a semicircle cut into the lawn and edged with privet, and in this semicircle are eleven beds of different sizes bordered with box and arranged round a sun-dial, and the sun-dial is very venerable and moss-grown, and greatly beloved by me.
Passing along the Ridgeway to the west for about a mile, we come to a little clump of young beech and firs, with a growth of thorn and privet underwood.
One side of the porte-cochere, being left open, allowed the passers in the street to see in the midst of the vast courtyard a flower-bed, the raised earth of which was held in place by a low privet hedge.
Nothing was to be seen save that some body or bundle had been dragged through a low privet hedge which is in a line with the wood-pile.
One said of the 18ft by 10ft moorland display near Bolton: "Why can't he grow normal privets like everyone else?
Chinese privets in these sites were abundant and planted as ornamental shrubs along roads.