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[pak-uh-san-druh] /ˌpæk əˈsæn drə/
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.
Origin of pachysandra
1805-15; < New 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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Examples from the web for pachysandra
  • 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.
  • Restrict the use of groundcover, such as pachysandra in areas frequented by family and roaming pets.
Word Origin and History for pachysandra

1813, from Modern Latin (1803), from Greek packhys "thick" (see pachyderm) + aner (genitive andros) "man" (see anthropo-), which is used in botany to mean "stamen, having stamens."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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