Definition of dieffenbachia in US English:

dieffenbachia

noun

  • A plant of a genus that includes dumb cane and its relatives.

    Genus Dieffenbachia, family Araceae

    • ‘The wide leaves of the dieffenbachias tend to hold dust and this might obstruct their breathing.’
    • ‘Along with the magnificent orchids are aroids, a family including dieffenbachias, philodendrons and other popular indoor plants.’
    • ‘The dieffenbachia is an ornamental plant that is used fundamentally like an indoor plant.’
    • ‘Some of the best plants for low-light conditions belong to the aroid family, which includes philodendrons, pothos, peace lilies, anthuriums, dieffenbachias, and Chinese evergreens.’
    • ‘Can you tell me if the pods that form on the top of my dieffenbachia are harmful to the plant?’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

dieffenbachia

/ˌdēfənˈbäkēə/