any plant of the genus Pachysandra, as the Allegheny spurge or Japanese spurge, the leaves of which grow in a rounded clump, widely used as a ground cover in the U.S.

1805–15; < Neo-Latin: the genus name, irregular from Greek pachýs thick + Greek andr- (stem of anḗr man; see andro-) + -a -a2; so called in reference to the thick stamens of the male flowers Unabridged
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Word Origin & History

1813, from Mod.L. (1803), from Gk. packhys "thick" + aner (gen. andros) "man" (see anthropo-), used in botany to mean "having stamens."
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Example sentences
The sun did not reach down there and the pachysandra and ivy would die, would
  need to be replaced again and again.
In shady spots, the non-native pachysandra often does well.
Restrict the use of groundcover, such as pachysandra, in areas frequented by
  family and roaming pets.
It has also appeared on ground covers such as ivy and pachysandra.
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