One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An evergreen tree of the fig family, which has large dark green shiny leaves and is widely cultivated as a houseplant. Native to SE Asia, it was formerly grown as a source of rubber.
Ficus elastica, family Moraceae
- ‘Tyres are no longer manufactured from rubber plants but from synthetic materials produced from crude oil.’
- ‘Suitable specimens include the rubber plant, Ficus elastica ‘Decora’; weeping fig, Ficus benjamina; Dracaena marginata ‘Tricolor’, poinsettias and African violets.’
- ‘As a rule of thumb, it's hard to go wrong with classics like the parlour palm, dracaenas, rubber plants, aspidistra, cacti, succulents and the umbrella plant.’
- ‘In The Fortian of 1935 he took revenge on his dreary neighbourhood by transforming its geraniums, rubber plants and terracotta roofs into the stuff of aesthetic verse.’
- ‘I sat with my back against the wall, partially hidden behind a large rubber plant, which was probably just as well given my state of mind.’
- ‘I grew up fifty miles down the road and I found the house completely familiar - chintz chairs with doilies on the arms, a rubber plant in the corner.’
- ‘The strip will be planted with a combination of food, fruit and rubber plants.’
- ‘By the fire doors another couple sat, sheltered beneath the foliage of a large, artificial rubber plant.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The British had imported rubber plants to Malaya in 1877.’
- ‘She's directed over to a small waiting area, where she sits by a somewhat oppressive fake rubber plant and stares down at the uppermost form - a list of questions relating to her current health status.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Founded by freed American slaves in the mid-1800s, Africa's first republic was once among its richest countries, with vast fields of gems and valuable groves of hardwood trees and rubber plants.’
- ‘My shed would probably therefore have a desk, a wireless router, a mouse, bookshelves, a comfy chair, and lots of plants - hanging baskets, rubber plants, window boxes, ivy up the walls.’
2another term for rubber tree
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