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 Are rubber plants safe around pets? Is caring for your rubber tree easy? Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 10 May 2023 This pink rubber plant can add some color to mom’s greenery collection. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 4 May 2023 This propagation method works on many tropical plants often grown indoors, including weeping fig, rubber plant, hibiscus, schefflera, dracaena, dieffenbachia, pothos, and crotons. Lynn Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Mar. 2023 The rubber plant requires bright, indirect light. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, 8 Sep. 2022 Get more rubber plant care tips. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 21 July 2022 Along with some Polish people imprisoned for declaring ethnic German status during the war, the German POWs maintained the site, tore apart barracks and dismantled the nearby IG Farben synthetic rubber plant where tens of thousands of prisoners had been forced to work as slave laborers. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Jan. 2020 His old block in this majority-Black community backs up to a synthetic rubber plant that has for decades spewed a chemical into the air that federal regulators say is likely to cause cancer. Katie Reimchen, NBC News, 16 Mar. 2023 Some of our favorite varieties include ripple peperomia, watermelon peperomia, baby rubber plant, and silverleaf peperomia. Savanna Bous, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rubber plant was in 1863

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“Rubber plant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

rubber plant

: a plant that produces rubber
especially : an Asian tree related to the mulberries that is widely raised as a houseplant

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