See also: Croton, cròton, and crôton

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From New Latin crotōn, from Ancient Greek κροτών (krotṓn, tick), from the size and shape of the seed.

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croton (plural crotons)

  1. Any of various plants, of the genus Croton, that yield croton oil.
  2. A tropical evergreen shrub, Codiaeum variegatum, having glossy foliage, cultivated as a houseplant.
    • 1934, George Orwell, chapter 15, in Burmese Days[1]:
      The croton bushes, by day hideous things like jaundiced laurels, were changed by the moon into jagged black and white designs like fantastic wood-cuts.

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