privet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n privet any of various Old World shrubs having smooth entire leaves and terminal panicles of small white flowers followed by small black berries; many used for hedges
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Privet (Bot) An ornamental European shrub (Ligustrum vulgare), much used in hedges; -- called also prim.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n privet A shrub, Ligustrum vulgare, of the northern Old World, planted and somewhat naturalized in North America; the common or garden privet. The name extends also to the other members of the genus.
    • n privet In the southern United States, a small oleaceous tree of wet grounds, Forestiera acuminata.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Privet priv′et a half-evergreen European shrub used for hedges.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Scot. privie, Prov. E. prim-print, primwort,. Prob. for primet, and perh. named from being cut and trimmed. See, Prim (a.), and cf. Prime to prune, Prim, n., Prie (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. primetprim.

Usage

In literature:

The front garden was a small square with a privet hedge.
"Sons and Lovers" by David Herbert Lawrence
Nothing was to be seen save that some body or bundle had been dragged through a low privet hedge which is in a line with the wood-pile.
"The Return of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Bassett lounged outside the neat privet hedge which it was Harrison Miller's custom to clip with his own bachelor hands, and waited.
"The Breaking Point" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
I find her settled on a privet in the enclosure.
"The Life of the Spider" by J. Henri Fabre
Had he scaled the privet hedge in the night, and robbed the garden of its cabbages?
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
This path, bordered on each side by high privet hedges of the most beautiful green, soon brought them to a stile.
"Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Captain von Kessel was standing in the garden clipping a privet hedge.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
The privet serving as a screen.
"The Blue Pavilions" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
A privet hedge is the devil to keep even.
"Walter and the Wireless" by Sara Ware Bassett
And then the old tavern came into sight behind its new hedge of privet.
"Athalie" by Robert W. Chambers
Well, he took Andy off the privet hedge and sent him down to the clump of pines near the road.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
In the middle of the plot stood the privet shrub, trimmed to make it impersonate a young tree.
"Neighbors" by Jacob A. Riis
The larvae, however, are to be met with in abundance in privet hedges.
"Butterflies and Moths" by William S. Furneaux
The ordinary privet or prim holds its leaves well into winter in the North.
"The Practical Garden-Book" by C. E. Hunn
In the tenth part of a second I had turned my head to the right inside my little screen of privet.
"The Tower of Oblivion" by Oliver Onions
Mr. Privet had a delicate, refined, thoughtful face.
"Love and hatred" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
In privet also the leaves fall after the production of new ones in the next year.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 1" by Various
The boys turned to the blankness of a high privet hedge behind an iron fence.
"The Turner Twins" by Ralph Henry Barbour
O privet-white, you will paint The lintel of wet sand with froth.
"Some Imagist Poets, 1916" by Richard Aldington
The old herbalists call Privet sweet-scented.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
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In poetry:

Pale privet-petals white as milk
Are blown into a snowy mass:
The roses lie upon the grass
Like little shreds of crimson silk.
"Le Jardin" by Oscar Wilde
Happy bells of eighteen-ninety,
Bursting from your freestone tower!
Recalling laurel, shrubs and privet,
Red geraniums in flower.
"Westgate-On-Sea" by Sir John Betjeman
Where the wahoo reds
And the sumac spreads
Tall plumes o'er the purple privet,
I beg a kiss
Of the wind, tho I wis
Right well he never will give it.
"Wanda" by Cale Young Rice
Pinks and syringa in the garden closes
And the sweet privet hedge and golden roses.
The pines hot in the sun, the drone of the bee;
They die in Flanders to keep these for me.
"High Summer" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

There's nothing like taking our favorite artist off the stage and tossing them in our garage for a privet acoustic show.
Go to main page USA News Privet .
Go to main page USA News Privet.
Most of the topiaries are California privet, whose malleable stems grow quickly, and are trimmed weekly.
The list of invasive species, both introduced and accidental, that have found a home in the US is long: kudzu, cogongrass, Chinese tallow trees, privet, are among the South's more notorious and difficult to control.
Helps Freshwater Land Trust pull invasive privet from endangered darter habitat.
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