noun poin·set·tia \pin-ˈse-tē-ə, ÷pint-, ÷-ˈse-tə\

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

Full Definition of POINSETTIA

:  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

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New Latin, from Joel R. Poinsett †1851 American diplomat
First Known Use: 1836


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