poinsettia


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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)
References in classic literature ?
The bamboos and the custard apples, the poinsettias and the mango-trees in the garden stood still while the warm water lashed through them, and the frogs began to sing among the aloe hedges.
What we often think of as the "flowers" of poinsettia are actually leaves that are called "bracts.
Leaders of the flower business of the region this year have grown more than 80 thousand pieces of poinsettia.
When buying a poinsettia, look for little or no yellow pollen showing on the flower clusters in the centre of the coloured bracts.
Dear Diarmuid, I have got a poinsettia which I have had since last year.
Garden centres, supermarkets, homeware shops and DIY stores all have them on display, but you need to be careful how you choose your festive poinsettia, says David Mitchell, plant buyer at Wyevale Garden Centres.
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There have been no adverse effects exhibited by test animals, even when force-fed large amounts of poinsettia parts.
Because it takes approximately 120 days for a poinsettia to root and grow into a marketable size, the poinsettias we enjoy during the holidays were begun on a now-forgotten summer's day.
To rejuvenate a poinsettia for next year's holiday season, move it outdoors when night temperatures are not apt to fall much below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and prune to keep it bushy and compact.