dumb cane

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dumb cane


[So called because its leaves contain a substance that swells the throat when eaten.]

dumb′ cane`


n.
a West Indian foliage plant, Dieffenbachia seguine, having yellow-blotched leaves that cause temporary speechlessness when chewed.
[1690–1700]
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Noun1.dumb cane - an evergreen plant with large showy dark green leavesdumb cane - an evergreen plant with large showy dark green leaves; contains a poison that swells the tongue and throat hence the name
aroid, arum - any plant of the family Araceae; have small flowers massed on a spadix surrounded by a large spathe
Dieffenbachia, genus Dieffenbachia - evergreen perennial herbs of tropical America with lush foliage and poisonous sap; often cultivated as houseplants