noun Date: 1578 1. any of a genus (Rhamnus of the family Rhamnaceae, the buckthorn family) of often thorny trees or shrubs some of which yield purgatives or pigments 2. a shrub or small tree (Bumelia lycioides) of the sapodilla family of the southern United States

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  • buckthorn — noun Any of several, often thorny shrubs or small trees of the genus Rhamnus, especially the common buckthorn or purging buckthorn; Rhamnus cathartica …   Wiktionary

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  • buckthorn — SYN: Rhamnus. * * * buck·thorn bək .thȯ(ə)rn n a shrub or tree of the genus Rhamnus sometimes having thorny branches and often containing purgative principles in bark or sap and producing fruits sometimes used as a source of yellow and green… …   Medical dictionary

  • buckthorn — buck•thorn [[t]ˈbʌkˌθɔrn[/t]] n. 1) pln any of several often thorny trees or shrubs of the genus Rhamnus, of the buckthorn family 2) pln a thorny tree, Bumelia lycioides, of the sapodilla family, common in the southern U.S., having large clusters …   From formal English to slang

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