any of numerous plants of the genus Euphorbia, having a milky juice and flowers with no petals or sepals.
any of various euphorbiaceous plants of the genus Euphorbia that have milky sap and small flowers typically surrounded by conspicuous bracts. Some species have purgative properties


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