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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Trim back poinsettias 4 to 6 inches after a foot of new growth to keep them compact.
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Origin and Etymology of poinsettia
New Latin, from Joel R. Poinsett †1851 American diplomat
First Known Use: 1836See Words from the same year
POINSETTIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of poinsettia for English Language Learners
: a plant with large red, pink, or white leaves that look like petals
POINSETTIA Defined for Kids
Definition of poinsettia for Students
: a tropical plant with showy usually red leaves that grow like petals around its small greenish yellow flowers
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