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An evergreen buckthorn of southern Europe, Rhamnus alaternus (family Rhamnaceae), with alternate oval leaves, greenish flowers, and dark red to black fruit; especially (also with distinguishing word or words) any of the cultivated varieties of this grown for ornament or hedging.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Topsell (d. 1625), Church of England clergyman and author. From classical Latin alaternus, shrub of the genus buckthorn, of unknown origin.
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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.