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[pak-uh-san-druh] /ˌpæk əˈsæn drə/

any plant of the genus Pachysandra, as the Allegheny spurge or Japanese spurge, the leaves of which grow in a rounded clump, widely used as a ground cover in the U.S.

1813, from Modern Latin (1803), from Greek packhys “thick” (see pachyderm) + aner (genitive andros) “man” (see anthropo-), which is used in botany to mean “stamen, having stamens.”


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