from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several plants of the genus Dieffenbachia native to tropical America, having stout, jointed stems and large, variegated leaves and widely cultivated as an indoor plant. Also called dumb cane, dumb plant.
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- n. Any of several plants, of the genus Dieffenbachia, cultivated as houseplants
New Latin, genus name, after Ernst Dieffenbach (1811-1855), German naturalist.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)