noun Etymology: New Latin, from Joel R. Poinsett died 1851 American diplomat Date: 1836 any of several spurges (genus Euphorbia) with flower clusters subtended by showy involucral bracts; especially a showy Mexican and Central American plant (E. pulcherrima) with tapering usually scarlet bracts that suggest petals and surround small yellow flowers

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  • poinsettia — [ pwɛ̃setja ] n. m. • mil. XIXe; poinsettie 1836; de Poinsett, botaniste amér. ♦ Plante ornementale (euphorbiacées) à bractées rouges, roses ou blanches en bouquets. ● poinsettia nom masculin Euphorbe ornementale souvent cultivée dans les jardins …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Poinsettia — Poin*set ti*a (poin*s[e^]t t[i^]*[.a]), n. [NL. Named after Joel R. Poinsett of South Carolina.] (Bot.) A Mexican shrub ({Euphorbia pulcherrima}) with very large and conspicuous vermilion bracts below the yellowish flowers. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Poinsettĭa — (P. Grah.), Pflanzengattung aus der Familie der Euphorbiaceae, benannt nach M. Poisette, welcher Mexico bereiste; Art: P. pulcherrima, in Mexico, Strauch, bei uns im Warmhause; P. albida ist nur eine Varietät davon …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • poinsettia — (n.) genus name, 1836, Modern Latin, in recognition of Joel R. Poinsett (1779 1851), U.S. ambassador to Mexico, who is said to have brought the plant to the attention of botanists …   Etymology dictionary

  • poinsettia — ► NOUN ▪ a small shrub with large showy scarlet bracts surrounding the small yellow flowers. ORIGIN named after the American diplomat and botanist Joel R. Poinsett (1779 1851) …   English terms dictionary

  • poinsettia — ☆ poinsettia [poin set′ə, poinset′ē ə ] n. [ModL, after Joel R. Poinsett (1779 1851), U.S. ambassador to Mexico] a Mexican and Central American plant (Euphorbia pulcherrima) of the spurge family, with yellow flowers surrounded by tapering red… …   English World dictionary

  • Poinsettia — Poinsettia …   Wikipédia en Français

  • poinsettia — /poyn set ee euh, set euh/, n. 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. [1830 40; < NL, named… …   Universalium

  • Poinsettia —    The poinsettia is a genus of tropical American herbs and woody plants with inconspicuous yellow leaves and tapering bright red flowers. Especially popular around Christmas, the plants were brought from Mexico to the United States by a South… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • poinsettia — puošniausioji karpažolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Karpažolinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Euphorbia pulcherrima), paplitęs Šiaurės ir Pietų Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Euphorbia pulcherrima angl. Christmas… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • poinsettia — po·in·sèt·tia s.f. TS bot. pianta del sottogenere Poinsettia, erbacea, con infiorescenze disposte in cime circondate da vistose brattee vivacemente colorate, originaria del continente americano | con iniz. maiusc., in alcune classificazioni,… …   Dizionario italiano

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