It is native of southern Europe. Spurge laurel, a European shrub (daphne Laureola) with oblong evergreen leaves. Spurge nettle. See Nettle. Spurge olive, an evergreen shrub (Daphne oleoides) found in the Mediterranean region.
See: Expurgate, purge.
Origin: OF. Espurge, F. Epurge, from OF. Espurgier to purge, L. Expurgare.