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rubber plant

a plant, Ficus elastica, of the mulberry family, having oblong, shining, leathery leaves, growing native as a tall tree in India, the Malay Archipelago, etc., used as a source of rubber and cultivated in Europe and America as an ornamental house plant.
any plant yielding caoutchouc or India rubber.
Origin of rubber plant
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Will, here are more poppies, and I promised Ada that I'd put that rubber-plant in her room to-night.

    Smith College Stories Josephine Dodge Daskam
  • And saw, there beside the wide Gate, a rubber-plant, its long leaves waving gently.

  • The third place on the list ought to be given to the ficus, more commonly known as rubber-plant.

    ABC of Gardening Eben Eugene Rexford
British Dictionary definitions for rubber-plant

rubber plant

a moraceous plant, Ficus elastica, with glossy leathery leaves: a tall tree in India and Malaya, it is cultivated as a house plant in Europe and America
any of several tropical trees, the sap of which yields rubber See also rubber tree
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