Meaning of Moses-in-the-cradle

Mo•ses-in-the-cra•dle

Pronunciation: (mō'ziz-in-u-krā'dul, mō'zis), [key]
— n.
  1. a plant, Rhoeo spathacea, native to the West Indies and Central America, having leaves with purple undersides and white flowers enclosed in a boat-shaped envelope formed by two bracts. Also called
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