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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.]
(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]
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|Noun||1.||poinsettia - tropical American plant having poisonous milk and showy tapering usually scarlet petallike leaves surrounding small yellow flowers|
Christmas flower, Christmas star, Euphorbia pulcherrima, lobster plant, Mexican flameleaf, painted leaf
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