poinsettia

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noun poin·set·tia \pȯin-ˈse-tē-ə, ÷pȯint-, ÷-ˈse-tə\

Definition of poinsettia

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of poinsettia

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


POINSETTIA Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of poinsettia for English Language Learners

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


POINSETTIA Defined for Kids

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noun poin·set·tia \pȯin-ˈse-tē-ə, -ˈse-tə\

Definition of poinsettia for Students

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



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