dief·​fen·​bach·​ia | \ ˌdē-fən-ˈba-kē-ə How to pronounce dieffenbachia (audio) , ˌdi-, -ˈbä- How to pronounce dieffenbachia (audio) \

Definition of dieffenbachia

: any of a genus (Dieffenbachia) of erect poisonous tropical American plants of the arum family having usually variegated leaves and often grown as houseplants

Examples of dieffenbachia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many common indoor houseplants, including pothos and dieffenbachia, contain calcium oxalate crystals that can cause mouth pain and stomach upset. Los Angeles Times, "Dogs, cats or kids? These are the right plants for you," 28 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of dieffenbachia

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dieffenbachia

New Latin, from Ernst Dieffenbach †1855 German naturalist

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“Dieffenbachia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dieffenbachia. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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