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4 definitions found
 for Rhamnus purshianus
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.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cascara sagrada \Cas"ca*ra sa*gra"da\ (k[.a]s"k[.a]*r[.a]
     s[.a]*gr[aum]"d[.a]). [Sp.]
     Holy bark; the bark of the California buckthorn ({Rhamnus
     Purshianus), used as a mild cathartic or laxative; -- called
     also cascara.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  chittamwood \chittamwood\ n.
     1. a shrubby tree of the U. S. Pacific coast ({Rhamnus
        purshianus or Rhamnus purshiana), whose bark is the
        cascara sagrada, used as a mild cathartic or laxative.
  
     Syn: cascara, cascara buckthorn, bearberry, bearwood,
          chittimwood, Rhamnus purshianus.
          [WordNet 1.5]
  
     2. a deciduous tree of SE U.S. and Mexico.
  
     Syn: false buckthorn, chittimwood, shittimwood, black haw,
          Bumelia lanuginosa.
          [WordNet 1.5]
  
     3. a shrubby tree of southern U.S. ({Cotinus obovatus)
        having large plumes of feathery flowers resembling puffs
        of smoke; -- called also American smoke tree.
  
     Syn: American smokewood, Cotinus americanus, Cotinus
          obovatus.
          [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Rhamnus purshianus
      n 1: shrubby tree of the Pacific coast of the United States;
           yields cascara sagrada [syn: cascara buckthorn,
           bearberry, bearwood, chittamwood, chittimwood,
           Rhamnus purshianus]

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