Definition of rubber plant in English:

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rubber plant

Pronunciation: /ˈrəbər ˌplant/

noun

1An evergreen tree of the fig family that has large dark green shiny leaves and is widely cultivated as a houseplant. Native to Southeast Asia, it was formerly grown as a source of rubber.
  • Ficus elastica, family Moraceae.
Example sentences
  • Suitable specimens include the rubber plant, Ficus elastica ‘Decora’; weeping fig, Ficus benjamina; Dracaena marginata ‘Tricolor’, poinsettias and African violets.
  • Plants apparently go out of fashion and Chris and Geoff talked about not being able to buy a rubber plant anywhere in Alice Springs even though they grow really well here.
  • The homey Sunday depicts an easy chair draped with a Navajo-style rug and positioned beside a bluish rubber plant, with hints of sky through a rear window: one can imagine sections of the New York Times scattered about the floor.
2 another term for rubber tree.

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Syllabification: rub·ber plant

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