boxthorn(redirected from boxthorns)
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Related to boxthorns: Lycium
See matrimony vine.
(Plants) another name for matrimony vine
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.
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|Noun||1.||boxthorn - 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