poinsettia [poin-set-ee-uh, -set-uh]
1. a plant, Euphorbia (Poinsettia) pulcherrima, of the spurge family, native to Mexico and Central America, having variously lobed leaves and brilliant scarlet, pink, or white petallike bracts.
1. But there's a little more anger every year, an emotion as pointed as a poinsettia but not as pretty.
2. In short, the art historian and the artist are about as similar as a cellphone and a poinsettia plant.
3. poinsettia poisoning occurs when someone touches the sap of the poinsettia plant or eats parts of the plant.
Origin: 1830-40; < New Latin, named after J. R. Poinsett (1799-1851), American minister to Mexico, who discovered the plant there in 1828; see -ia
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