Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

poinsettia

play
noun poin·set·tia \pȯin-ˈse-tē-ə, ÷pȯint-, ÷-ˈse-tə\

Simple Definition of poinsettia

  • : a plant with large red, pink, or white leaves that look like petals

Full Definition of poinsettia

  1. :  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

Illustration of poinsettia

Origin of poinsettia

New Latin, from Joel R. Poinsett †1851 American diplomat


First Known Use: 1836


POINSETTIA Defined for Kids

poinsettia

play
noun poin·set·tia \pȯin-ˈse-tē-ə, -ˈse-tə\

Definition of poinsettia

  1. :  a tropical plant with showy usually red leaves that grow like petals around its small greenish yellow flowers





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up poinsettia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

196.5 pounds 2.2 pounds 16.96 pounds 100 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ