Meaning of poinsettia

poin•set•ti•a

Pronunciation: (poin-set'ē-u, -set'u), [key]
— n.
  1. 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.
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