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poinsettia definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: tropical American plant having poisonous milk and showy tapering usually scarlet petallike leaves surrounding small yellow flowers [syn: poinsettia, Christmas star, Christmas flower, lobster plant, Mexican flameleaf, painted leaf, Euphorbia pulcherrima]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: New Latin, from Joel R. Poinsett died 1851 American diplomat Date: 1836 any of several spurges (genus Euphorbia) with flower clusters subtended by showy involucral bracts; especially a showy Mexican and Central American plant (E. pulcherrima) with tapering usually scarlet bracts that suggest petals and surround small yellow flowers

Britannica Concise

Popular flowering plant (Euphorbia pulcherrima), best-known member of the diverse spurge family. Native to Mexico and Central America, it grows in moist, wet, wooded ravines and on rocky hillsides. What appear to be flower petals are actually colored leaflike bracts that surround a central cluster of tiny yellow flowers. Cultivated varieties are available with white, pink, mottled, and striped bracts, but the solid-red varieties are in greatest demand during the Christmas season. Milky latex in the stems and leaves can be irritating to sensitized persons or animals, but the claim that poinsettias are deadly poisonous is greatly exaggerated.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. a shrub, Euphorbia pulcherrima, with large showy scarlet or pink bracts surrounding small yellow flowers. Etymology: mod.L f. J. R. Poinsett, Amer. diplomat d. 1851

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Poinsettia Poin*set"ti*a (poin*s[e^]t"t[i^]*[.a]), n. [NL. Named after Joel R. Poinsett of South Carolina.] (Bot.) A Mexican shrub (Euphorbia pulcherrima) with very large and conspicuous vermilion bracts below the yellowish flowers.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(poinsettias) A poinsettia is a plant with groups of bright red or pink leaves that grows in Central and South America. Poinsettias are very popular in Britain and the United States, especially at Christmas. N-COUNT


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