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buckthorn

[buhk-thawrn] /ˈbʌkˌθɔrn/
noun
1.
any of several, sometimes thorny trees or shrubs belonging to the genus Rhamnus, especially R. frangula, the bark of which is used in medicine.
2.
a tree or shrub belonging to the genus Bumelia, of the sapodilla family, especially B. lycioides, a thorny tree having elliptic leaves and large clusters of white flowers, common in the southern and part of the central U.S.
Origin of buckthorn
1570-1580
1570-80; buck1 + thorn, rendering New Latin cervi spina
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buckthorn

/ˈbʌkˌθɔːn/
noun
1.
any of several thorny small-flowered shrubs of the genus Rhamnus, esp the Eurasian species R. cathartica, whose berries were formerly used as a purgative: family Rhamnaceae See also sea buckthorn
Word Origin
C16: from buck1 (from the spiny branches, imagined as resembling antlers) + thorn
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