Poinsettia (n.)

type of much-cultivated American plant conspicuous for its large scarlet floral leaves, from the genus name (1836), Modern Latin, in recognition of Joel R. Poinsett (1779-1851), U.S. ambassador to Mexico, who is said to have brought the plant to the attention of botanists in 1828, + abstract noun ending -ia.

updated on July 23, 2020

Definitions of Poinsettia from WordNet

poinsettia (n.)
tropical American plant having poisonous milk and showy tapering usually scarlet petallike leaves surrounding small yellow flowers;
Synonyms: Christmas star / Christmas flower / lobster plant / Mexican flameleaf / painted leaf / Euphorbia pulcherrima
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