any shrub of the genus Aucuba, native to Asia, having evergreen leaves, clusters of purple flowers, and brightly colored berries.
The familiar Japanese laurel of gardens and shrubberies is aucuba japonica.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8 Various
The last plant generally included in this order is aucuba japonica, though it is probable this plant belongs to Cornace.
Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
- Au gratin
cooked or baked with a topping of either browned bread crumbs and butter or grated cheese, or with both. Historical Examples Stewed oysters on toast; ditto American fashion, au gratin; fried oysters. Soyer’s Culinary Campaign Alexis Soyer Turn part of this cream into an au gratin dish (sometimes called cocotte and sometimes Welsh rabbit dish). […]
- Au jus
served in the natural juices that flow from the meat as it cooks. adjective (of meat) served in its own gravy
- Au fond
at bottom or to the bottom; thoroughly; in reality; fundamentally. Historical Examples She’s not a bad little thing, au fond, when you get to know her. Hilda Wade Grant Allen For, notwithstanding his careless manner, he was au fond a conventional soul. Who? Elizabeth Kent Society is au fond republican, and is apt to resent […]
- Au fait
having experience or practical knowledge of a thing; expert; versed. Historical Examples Have you finished with Abbe Nolet, and are you ‘au fait’ of all the properties and effects of air? The PG Edition of Chesterfield’s Letters to His Son The Earl of Chesterfield Wherefore she knew that her gray foulard was distinctly not au […]