Definitions for poinsettiapɔɪnˈsɛt i ə, -ˈsɛt ə
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
poin•set•ti•apɔɪnˈsɛt i ə, -ˈsɛt ə(n.)(pl.)-ti•as.
a plant, Euphorbia pulcherrima, of the spurge family, native to Mexico and Central America, having variously lobed leaves and brilliant scarlet, pink, or white petallike bracts.
Origin of poinsettia:
< NL (1836), after J. R. Poinsett (1799–1851), U.S. minister to Mexico, who discovered the plant there in 1828; see -ia
poinsettia, Christmas star, Christmas flower, lobster plant, Mexican flameleaf, painted leaf, Euphorbia pulcherrima(noun)
tropical American plant having poisonous milk and showy tapering usually scarlet petallike leaves surrounding small yellow flowers
A plant, Euphorbia pulcherrima, with rather small and insignificant flowers but large brightly coloured leaves.
Origin: After genus name Poinsettia, named after JR Poinsett (19th-century US minister to Mexico).
a Mexican shrub (Euphorbia pulcherrima) with very large and conspicuous vermilion bracts below the yellowish flowers