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Definition of "croton" [croton]

  • Any of various plants of the genus Croton, which includes the sources of cascarilla bark and croton oil. (noun)
  • An Old World tropical evergreen shrub (Codiaeum variegatum) widely cultivated as a houseplant for its glossy multicolored foliage. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "croton" in a sentence
  • "Popular in the Mexican garden, croton is usually a hedge or foundation plant."
  • "The croton is a preferred victim, but it also attacks guava, strangler fig, Mysore fig, mango, firebush, wild coffee, marlberry and satinwood."
  • "Wintering doves usually concentrate on areas holding abundant native seeds such as croton, pigweed, ragweed, wild sunflower and any number of varieties of "grass.""
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