Definitions for crotonˈkroʊt n

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cro•tonˈkroʊt n(n.)

  1. any of numerous chiefly tropical plants constituting the genus Croton, of the spurge family, several species of which, as C. tiglium, have medicinal properties.

    Category: Plants

  2. any of several related plants of the genus Codiaeum, cultivated for their ornamental foliage.

    Category: Plants

Origin of croton:

1745–55; < NL < Gk krotṓn a tick, also the castor-oil plant, which has berries likened to ticks

Princeton's WordNet

  1. croton, Codiaeum variegatum(noun)

    grown in many varieties for their brightly colored foliage; widely cultivated as a houseplant

  2. croton, Croton tiglium(noun)

    tropical Asiatic shrub; source of croton oil

Wiktionary

  1. croton(Noun)

    Any of various plants, of the genus Croton, that yield croton oil.

  2. croton(Noun)

    A tropical evergreen shrub, Codiaeum variegatum, having glossy foliage, cultivated as a houseplant.

  3. croton(Noun)

    The main water supply pipe to a building or apartment, from the Croton River, dams, reservoirs and aqueduct supplying New York City with water.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Croton(noun)

    a genus of euphorbiaceous plants belonging to tropical countries

Freebase

  1. Croton

    Croton is an extensive flowering plant genus in the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae, established by Carl Linnaeus in 1737. The plants of this genus were described and introduced to Europeans by Georg Eberhard Rumphius. The common names for this genus are rushfoil and croton, but the latter also refers to Codiaeum variegatum. The generic name comes from the Greek κροτον, which means "tick" and refers to the shape of the seeds of certain species.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Croton

    A plant genus of the family EUPHORBIACEAE. The common name of dragon's blood is also used for DRACAENA and Daemonorops (ARECACEAE). Croton tiglium is the source of CROTON OIL.

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