Definition of dieffenbachia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdēfənˈbäkēə/


A plant of a genus that includes dumb cane and its relatives.
  • Genus Dieffenbachia, family Araceae
Example sentences
  • The wide leaves of the dieffenbachias tend to hold dust and this might obstruct their breathing.
  • Can you tell me if the pods that form on the top of my dieffenbachia are harmful to the plant?
  • The dieffenbachia is an ornamental plant that is used fundamentally like an indoor plant.


Modern Latin, named after Ernst Dieffenbach (1811–55), German horticulturalist.

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