rubber plant


Definition of rubber plant

: a plant that yields rubber especially : a tall tropical widely cultivated Asian tree (Ficus elastica) of the mulberry family that is frequently dwarfed as a houseplant

Examples of rubber plant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web New crops like hemp, which has enormous potential yet remains mired in red tape, and guayule, a desert rubber plant that the Bridgestone tire company is developing, offer glimmers of hope. Bill Hatcher, National Geographic, "Arizona’s water supplies are drying up. How will its farmers survive?," 12 Nov. 2019 He's moved on from those dark days and is now the proud plant parent to some of his favorite types, including the peace lily and rubber plant. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Instagram’s “Boys with Plants” Will Make You a Better Plant Parent," 19 Mar. 2019 As for the corner of your living room, taller, low-light picks like rubber plant (pictured) or dragon tree would do the trick. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Answer These Questions and We’ll Tell You Your Houseplant Soulmate," 21 Aug. 2018 Writers on the interiors blog debated about which plant would launch the next craze, alternately championing the monstera or the rubber plant as the new fiddle leaf. Cindy Dampier,, "#PlantShelfie: Houseplants are having a social media moment," 1 May 2018 Poinsettias belong to the same botanical family as rubber plants that produce latex, so some skin rashes occur in people allergic to latex. Washington Post, "Science Says: Are poinsettias poisonous? Some holiday truths," 20 Dec. 2017 Bombing targets included airfields, synthetic rubber plants and aircraft manufacturing plants in Germany and occupied countries such as Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Marion Bence, World War II B-17 gunner and POW," 5 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of rubber plant

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Rubber plant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rubber plant

: a plant with large, shiny, dark green leaves that is often grown indoors

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