from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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.
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- noun A member of the family
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- noun an evergreen plant with large showy dark green leaves; contains a poison that swells the tongue and throat hence the name
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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