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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.
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]
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]
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|Noun||1.||privet - 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|
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