poin·​set·​tia | \ pȯin-ˈse-tē-ə How to pronounce poinsettia (audio) , nonstandard pȯint-, nonstandard -ˈse-tə How to pronounce poinsettia (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Decorate a red and green tree with a combination of the poinsettia and holly lights, or use green and white bulbs to accent a few red cardinal lights. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Pretty Ceramic Christmas Tree Was Made for Cardinal Lovers," 28 Aug. 2020 On a table in an adjacent space, a crowd of full-grown deer-horn mushrooms, potted and wrapped in cellophane, might have been cousins to Christmas poinsettias. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, "How South Korea Is Composting Its Way to Sustainability," 2 Mar. 2020 From peace lilies to poinsettias during winter, plant enthusiasts can decorate their outdoor garden and indoor space. Jessica Wetzler, Washington Post, "Small Virginia town’s nursery amasses social media fanbase," 8 Feb. 2020 Orchids and poinsettias won’t survive a winter outdoors, but a Christmas rose will, if it is slowly conditioned to the elements. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "The hellebore: Popular, early and now in a dazzling variety," 15 Jan. 2020 About 10,000 poinsettias and 10,000 cyclamen are installed around the resort. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Secret Way Disneyland Transforms Into "the Merriest Place on Earth" for Christmas," 1 Dec. 2019 The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star then showed the walkway leading inside Kourtney's house, which was bordered with red poinsettias before guests were greeted by her unconventional Christmas tree, hung upside down. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "The Kardashians Annual Christmas Eve Party Was as Over-the-Top as Ever," 25 Dec. 2019 Return to tradition with classic lights, ornaments and decorations of the holiday season, and several varieties of poinsettias. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A listing of home and garden events for the Milwaukee area (Winter 2020 edition)," 17 Dec. 2019 Not all Euphorbiaceae are succulent; poinsettia is one that’s not. NBC News, "Kill all your plants? These low-maintenance options require minimal watering," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of poinsettia

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poinsettia

New Latin, from Joel R. Poinsett †1851 American diplomat

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The first known use of poinsettia was in 1836

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“Poinsettia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poinsettia. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of poinsettia

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


poin·​set·​tia | \ pȯin-ˈse-tē-ə How to pronounce poinsettia (audio) , -ˈse-tə \

Kids Definition of poinsettia

: a tropical plant with showy usually red leaves that grow like petals around its small greenish yellow flowers

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