any of a genus (Dieffenbachia) of tropical plants of the arum family, with thick, fleshy jointed stems and large leaves, dark green and often splashed with white: grown as houseplants, though poisonous
Origin of dieffenbachiaModL, after Ernst Dieffenbach (1811-55), 19th-c. German botanist + -ia, -ia
Any of several plants of the genus Dieffenbachia native to tropical America, having stout, jointed stems and large, variegated leaves and widely cultivated as an indoor plant. Also called dumb cane .
Origin of dieffenbachiaNew Latin genus name after Ernst Dieffenbach (1811-1855), German naturalist
spotted dumb cane
After Ernst Dieffenbach, a German physician.