• WordNet 3.6
    • n spurge any of numerous plants of the genus Euphorbia; usually having milky often poisonous juice
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spurge (Bot) Any plant of the genus Euphorbia. See Euphorbia.
    • v. t Spurge spûrj To emit foam; to froth; -- said of the emission of yeast from beer in course of fermentation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spurge To purge; cleanse; rid.
    • spurge To purge; froth; emit froth; especially, to work and cleanse itself, as ale.
    • n spurge A plant of the genus Euphorbia. Several species have special names, chiefly used in books; a few related or similar plants also are called spurges. Exotic species are better known as euphorbias.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spurge spurj a genus of plants of the natural order Euphorbiaceæ, all the species containing a resinous milky juice mostly very acrid
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. espurge, F. épurge, from OF. espurgier, to purge, L. expurgare,. See Expurgate Purge
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. espurge (Fr. épurge)—L. expurgāre, to purge—ex, off, purgāre, to clear.


In literature:

Then did he dip it into vinegar, to try if it was not written with the juice of the garden spurge.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Why, it is only great spurge, such as grows in the woods at home.
"Madam How and Lady Why or, First Lessons in Earth Lore for Children" by Charles Kingsley
The first noiseless breeze of morning, cautiously stirring the spurges and the brown stalks of last year's grass, fluttered along the road.
"The Witch and Other Stories" by Anton Chekhov
Then did he dip it into vinegar, to try if it was not written with the juice of the garden spurge.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book II." by Francois Rabelais
They all need a peaty soil, and may be increased by grafting on to the common Spurge Laurel.
"Gardening for the Million" by Alfred Pink
BOYS & SPURGE, 79, Great Eastern Street, London.
"Illustrated History of Furniture" by Frederick Litchfield
Daphne Laureola (Spurge Laurel) .
"Handbook to the Severn Valley Railway Illustrative and Descriptive of Places along the Line from Worcester to Shrewsbury" by J. Randall
Our Spurge-hawk caterpillar, for example, when threatened, squirts from the mouth a spray of poison.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
The thrift, sea lavender, rocket, sea campion, and maritime spurge did not descend so low as this.
"Waiting for Daylight" by Henry Major Tomlinson
A caterpillar, the Spurge Hawk-moth's, will take us a little farther.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre

In poetry:

His deep-sunk eyes were rather blearish,
Which caus'd a look a little quearish;
And yet when eyes a fluid's urging,
It only shews "the drink is spurging."
"The Jack Daw" by William Hutton

In news:

Polk County's most wanted plants – Allegheny spurge .
Discovered as a seedling of Euphorbia characias in a garden in Tasmania, this phenomenal spurge has both variegated leaves and flowers, combining blue-green with creamy white.
With the tongue-twisting official name of Euphorbia martini 'Waleutiny', it's no wonder this cushion spurge has acquired a much cuter appellation.
Fall herbicide applications on actively growing leafy spurge can help control the destructive grassland weed, says Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska Extension forage specialist.
Leafy spurge is an aggressive, noxious weed in many grasslands, he says.
Leafy spurge is off to a big start this year.
South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Weed Specialist Leon Wrage said spurge's 20-foot deep roots give it a competitive advantage for soil moisture.
Like poinsettias and other members of the Euphorbia family, this spurge 's latex sap is highly toxic.
Canary Island spurge can be seen in the Desert biome at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
The omnipresence is the result of spurge 's serious seed production.
Several thousand seeds can be generated by a single plant, according to University of California Integrated Pest Management's Pest Notes on spurge .
Leafy spurge is an aggressive, noxious weed in many grasslands, he says.
Polk County's most wanted plants – Allegheny spurge.
Plant of the Week Canary Island spurge.