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 for ((Rhamnus catharticus
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  French \French\ (fr[e^]nch), prop. a. [AS. frencisc, LL.
     franciscus, from L. Francus a Frank: cf. OF. franceis,
     franchois, fran[,c]ois, F. fran[,c]ais. See Frank, a., and
     cf. Frankish.]
     Of or pertaining to France or its inhabitants.
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     French bean (Bot.), the common kidney bean ({Phaseolus
     French berry (Bot.), the berry of a species of buckthorn
        ({Rhamnus catharticus), which affords a saffron, green or
        purple pigment.
     French casement (Arch.) See French window, under
     French chalk (Min.), a variety of granular talc; -- used
        for drawing lines on cloth, etc. See under Chalk.
     French cowslip (Bot.) The Primula Auricula. See
     French fake (Naut.), a mode of coiling a rope by running it
        backward and forward in parallel bends, so that it may run
     French honeysuckle (Bot.) a plant of the genus Hedysarum
        ({H. coronarium); -- called also garland honeysuckle.
     French horn, a metallic wind instrument, consisting of a
        long tube twisted into circular folds and gradually
        expanding from the mouthpiece to the end at which the
        sound issues; -- called in France cor de chasse.
     French leave, an informal, hasty, or secret departure;
        esp., the leaving a place without paying one's debts.
     French pie [French (here used in sense of "foreign") + pie
        a magpie (in allusion to its black and white color)]
        (Zool.), the European great spotted woodpecker ({Dryobstes
        major); -- called also wood pie.
     French polish.
     (a) A preparation for the surface of woodwork, consisting of
         gums dissolved in alcohol, either shellac alone, or
         shellac with other gums added.
     (b) The glossy surface produced by the application of the
     French purple, a dyestuff obtained from lichens and used
        for coloring woolen and silken fabrics, without the aid of
        mordants. --Ure.
     French red rouge.
     French rice, amelcorn.
     French roof (Arch.), a modified form of mansard roof having
        a nearly flat deck for the upper slope.
     French tub, a dyer's mixture of protochloride of tin and
        logwood; -- called also plum tub. --Ure.
     French window. See under Window.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sap \Sap\, n. [AS. saep; akin to OHG. saf, G. saft, Icel. safi;
     of uncertain origin; possibly akin to L. sapere to taste, to
     be wise, sapa must or new wine boiled thick. Cf. Sapid,
     1. The juice of plants of any kind, especially the ascending
        and descending juices or circulating fluid essential to
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     Note: The ascending is the crude sap, the assimilation of
           which takes place in the leaves, when it becomes the
           elaborated sap suited to the growth of the plant.
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     2. The sapwood, or alburnum, of a tree.
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     3. A simpleton; a saphead; a milksop. [Slang]
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     Sap ball (Bot.), any large fungus of the genus Polyporus.
        See Polyporus.
     Sap green, a dull light green pigment prepared from the
        juice of the ripe berries of the Rhamnus catharticus, or
        buckthorn. It is used especially by water-color artists.
     Sap rot, the dry rot. See under Dry.
     Sap sucker (Zool.), any one of several species of small
        American woodpeckers of the genus Sphyrapicus,
        especially the yellow-bellied woodpecker ({Sphyrapicus
        varius) of the Eastern United States. They are so named
        because they puncture the bark of trees and feed upon the
        sap. The name is loosely applied to other woodpeckers.
     Sap tube (Bot.), a vessel that conveys sap.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rhamnus \Rham"nus\, n. [NL., from Gr. "ra`mnos a kind of prickly
     shrub; cf. L. rhamnos.] (Bot.)
     A genus of shrubs and small trees; buckthorn. The California
     Rhamnus Purshianus and the European Rhamnus catharticus
     are used in medicine. The latter is used for hedges.
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