dieffenbachia

noun
dief·fen·bach·ia | \ˌdē-fən-ˈba-kē-ə, ˌdi-, -ˈbä- \

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

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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