Definition of croton in English:

croton

noun

  • 1A strong-scented tree, shrub, or herbaceous plant of the spurge family, native to tropical and warm regions. Several kinds yield timber and other commercially important products.

    • ‘Many of his imports - including hibiscus, azalea, cassia, magnolia, oleander, croton and jasmine - permanently altered the Jamaican scene.’
    • ‘Gardeners also use crotons, hardy bushes with a million variegations in purple, yellow and green, heliconias, for their slender stems and banana-like leaves, and also flowering trees (which often bloom later in the year).’
    • ‘Feathers, flowers, and the leaves of croton plants were used to decorate women's hair, and were also placed in arm-bands (worn on the upper arms).’
    • ‘It belongs to the very large Euphorbia family along with other popular ornamental plants such as poinsettias and crotons.’
  • 2A small evergreen tree or shrub of the Indo-Pacific region, which is grown for its colourful ornamental foliage.

    • ‘Even the courtyard pots - planted with bougainvillea, crotons, impatiens, pansies, pentas, and more - require little attention beyond regular irrigation with a watering can.’
    • ‘Shrubs don't have to flower to be interesting - team palms with cordylines and crotons for their fabulous foliage.’
    • ‘Pisonia has large leaves and could be said to look similar to crotons except without the yellow and red colours.’
    • ‘To add more colour to the city, the Chief Minister has also suggested that the civic agency could grow crotons on road medians.’

Origin

Modern Latin, from Greek krotōn ‘sheep tick’ (from the shape of the seeds of the croton in croton (sense 1)).

Pronunciation

croton

/ˈkrəʊt(ə)n/