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[dee-fuh n-bak-ee-uh, -bah-kee-uh] /ˌdi fənˈbæk i ə, -ˈbɑ ki ə/
any of various plants belonging to the genus Dieffenbachia, of the arum family, native to tropical America, often cultivated as houseplants for their decorative foliage.
Compare dumb cane.
Origin of dieffenbachia
< New Latin (1829), named after Ernst Dieffenbach (1811-55), German naturalist; see -ia Unabridged
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  • dieffenbachia, a genus of stove plants with very showy foliage.

    Talks about Flowers. M. D. Wellcome
British Dictionary definitions for dieffenbachia


any plant of the tropical American evergreen perennial genus Dieffenbachia, some species of which are grown as pot plants for their handsome variegated foliage. The plants are poisonous and the sap is extremely acrid: family Araceae
Word Origin
named after Ernst Dieffenbach (died 1855), German horticulturist
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