spurge

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From Old French espurge ‎(to purge), espurgier, from Latin expurgo ‎(I purge); the bitter milky sap of these plants was formerly used as a purgative.

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spurge ‎(usually uncountable, plural spurges)

  1. Any plant of the genus Euphorbia, a diverse genus of over 2,000 species.
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Uncertain.

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spurge ‎(third-person singular simple present spurges, present participle spurging, simple past and past participle spurged)

  1. (intransitive) To emit foam; to froth; said of the emission of yeast from beer during fermentation.
    • 1661, W. Cartwright, Siedge
      The body's somthing noysome: 'tis a stale one; / Good troth it spurgeth very monstrously.

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