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1. Any of various plants of the genus Croton, which includes the sources of cascarilla bark and croton oil.
2. A closely related Old World tropical evergreen shrub (Codiaeum variegatum) widely cultivated as a houseplant for its glossy multicolored foliage.

[New Latin Croton, genus name, from Greek krotōn, castor oil plant, from krotōn, tick, sheep tick (the seeds of the castor-oil plant having a ticklike appearance).]
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1. (Plants) any shrub or tree of the chiefly tropical euphorbiaceous genus Croton, esp C. tiglium, the seeds of which yield croton oil
2. (Plants) any of various tropical plants of the related genus Codiaeum, esp C. variegatum pictum, a house plant with variegated foliage
[C18: from New Latin, from Greek krotōn tick, castor-oil plant (whose berries resemble ticks)]
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(ˈkroʊt n)

1. any of numerous chiefly tropical plants constituting the genus Croton, of the spurge family, several species of which, as C. tiglium, have medicinal properties.
2. any of several related plants of the genus Codiaeum, cultivated for their ornamental foliage.
[1745–55; < New Latin < Greek krotṓn a tick, also the castor-oil plant, which has berries likened to ticks]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.croton - grown in many varieties for their brightly colored foliagecroton - grown in many varieties for their brightly colored foliage; widely cultivated as a houseplant
Codiaeum, genus Codiaeum - evergreen tropical trees and shrubs with thick and colorful leathery leaves; Malaya and Pacific islands
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
2.croton - tropical Asiatic shrubcroton - tropical Asiatic shrub; source of croton oil
genus Croton - tropical shrubs and herbs; source of croton oil
croton oil - viscid acrid brownish-yellow oil from the seeds of Croton tiglium having a violent cathartic action
cascarilla, Croton eluteria - West Indian shrub with aromatic bark
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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[ˈkrəʊtn] n (Bot) → croton m inv
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References in classic literature ?
Ata's father had planted crotons round his property, and they grew in coloured profusion, gay and brilliant; they fenced the land with flame.
"Just ourselves?" she said, looking at the crotons in the great hall.
Ohe, bhisti!' he called to the water- carrier, sluicing the crotons by the Museum.
If the deck or patio is sunny, beefsteak plants, bananas, cannas, coleus, crotons, hibiscus, mandevillas and sweet potato vines are all candidates for containers.
The next time you come across a Florida landscape photo from the '40s or '50s, especially from the Miami area, keep your eye out for crotons. The plant, which is known for its dazzling display of yellow, red and orange against a background of glossy emerald green, has brightened South Florida landscapes for almost 120 years.
In Central and South Florida, crotons have ebbed and flowed in popularity.
MAKE a tropical-style patio with crotons, Swiss cheese plants, philodendron, mother-in-law's tongue and aspidistras in container displays along with flowering favourites such as busy lizzies and pelargoniums.
Among the most popular are poinsettias, crotons, and crown-of-thorns.
Twenty cultivars, including eight crotons and seven poinsettias, exhibited virtually no cancer-promoting activity, the scientists report in the September ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PERSPECTIVES.