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privet

[priv-it] /ˈprɪv ɪt/
noun
1.
any of various deciduous or evergreen shrubs of the genus Ligustrum, especially L. vulgare, having clusters of small white flowers and commonly grown as a hedge.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; origin uncertain
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  • Subsidies are not only wasteful uses of government spending, but also channel privet investment into wasteful pursuits.
  • Once sprouted, privet can form dense thickets which displace native plants.
British Dictionary definitions for privet

privet

/ˈprɪvɪt/
noun
1.
  1. any oleaceous shrub of the genus Ligustrum, esp L. vulgare or L. ovalifolium, having oval dark green leaves, white flowers, and purplish-black berries
  2. (as modifier): a privet hedge
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for privet
n.

type of evergreen shrub, 1540s, of unknown origin. Early forms primet, primprint perhaps suggest some connection with prime [Klein].

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