Definitions

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  • n. A tropical plant of the genus Dieffenbachia.

Etymologies

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dumb +‎ cane, due to its poisoning effect on the throat.

Examples

  • •    Give away poisonous houseplants (poinsettias, dumbcane, dieffenbacia, philodendrons, calla lilies, mistletoe, and hyacinths, to name a few), or ask friends to take care of them until your child is older.

    Tip of the Day: Spring cleaning for a healthier, safer home

  • • Give away poisonous houseplants poinsettias, dumbcane, dieffenbacia, philodendrons, calla lilies, mistletoe, and hyacinths, to name a few, or ask friends to take care of them until your child is older.

    Tip of the Day: Spring cleaning for a healthier, safer home

  • The common houseplant dieffenbachia, known colloquially as dumbcane, indicates the practical effect of his surgery.

    Knotted Tongues

  • Notwithstanding his otherwise respectable place in medical history, his name, in uncomplimentary fashion, has been given to the common houseplant dieffenbachia, or dumbcane—so called because its stalk contains oxalates that can render a person speechless from inflammation of the tongue and throat.

    Knotted Tongues

  • A third plant was Dieffenbachia seguine, the common “dumbcane” of Jamaica.

    The Serpent and the Rainbow

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  • A tropical American plant Dieffenbachia that causes swelling of the tongue when chewed.

    October 4, 2008