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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See dieffenbachia.

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  • n. A member of the family Dieffenbachia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a west Indian plant of the Arum family (Dieffenbachia seguina), which, when chewed, causes the tongue to swell, and destroys temporarily the power of speech.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An araceous plant of the West Indies, Dieffenbachia Seguine: so called from the fact that its acridity causes swelling of the tongue when chewed, and destroys the power of speech.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an evergreen plant with large showy dark green leaves; contains a poison that swells the tongue and throat hence the name

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

So called because its leaves contain a substance that swells the throat when eaten.

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