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

Definition of dieffenbachia

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

Origin and Etymology of dieffenbachia

New Latin, from Ernst Dieffenbach †1855 German naturalist

First Known Use: circa 1900

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