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poin·set·ti·a

 (poin-sĕt′ē-ə, -sĕt′ə)
n.
A shrub (Euphorbia pulcherrima) native to Mexico that has a cluster of small yellow flowers surrounded by showy, usually scarlet petal-like bracts.

[New Latin, after Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779-1851), American diplomat who sent samples of the plant to the United States while in Mexico.]

poinsettia

(pɔɪnˈsɛtɪə)
n
(Plants) a euphorbiaceous shrub, Euphorbia (or Poinsettia) pulcherrima, of Mexico and Central America, widely cultivated for its showy scarlet bracts, which resemble petals
[C19: New Latin, from the name of J. P. Poinsett (1799–1851), US Minister to Mexico, who introduced it to the US]

poin•set•ti•a

(pɔɪnˈsɛt i ə, -ˈsɛt ə)

n., pl. -ti•as.
a plant, Euphorbia pulcherrima, of the spurge family, native to Mexico and Central America, having variously lobed leaves and brilliant scarlet, pink, or white petallike bracts.
[< New Latin (1836), after J. R. Poinsett (1799–1851), U.S. minister to Mexico, who discovered the plant there in 1828; see -ia]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.poinsettia - tropical American plant having poisonous milk and showy tapering usually scarlet petallike leaves surrounding small yellow flowerspoinsettia - tropical American plant having poisonous milk and showy tapering usually scarlet petallike leaves surrounding small yellow flowers
Euphorbia, genus Euphorbia - type genus of the Euphorbiaceae: very large genus of diverse plants all having milky juice
spurge - any of numerous plants of the genus Euphorbia; usually having milky often poisonous juice
Translations

poinsettia

[pɔɪnˈsetɪə] Nflor f de pascua

poinsettia

[pɔɪnˈsɛtiə] npoinsettia m

poinsettia

nWeihnachtsstern m, → Poinsettia f (spec)
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