1. privet

noun. any of various Old World shrubs having smooth entire leaves and terminal panicles of small white flowers followed by small black berries; many used for hedges.


  • shrub
  • white wax tree
  • Ligustrum
  • Ligustrum amurense
  • Chinese privet
  • ibota privet
  • Ligustrum japonicum
  • bush
  • common privet
  • Amur privet
  • Ligustrum ovalifolium
  • Ligustrum lucidum
  • California privet
  • Japanese privet
  • genus Ligustrum
  • Ligustrum ibolium
  • ibolium privet
  • Ligustrum obtusifolium


  • superior

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Example sentences of the word privet

1. Noun, singular or mass
You must leave as much of the dirt and root system in place as possible to make transplanting a privet successful.

2. Verb, base form
Tell the vet how much privet your dog has ingested, how long ago the dog ate the privet and if he is exhibiting any symptoms.

3. Adjective
Left untrimmed, privet shrubs may grow as tall as 18 feet and they can reach almost 25 feet in width.