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Meaning of rubber plant

rub'ber plant"

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  1. a plant, Ficus elastica, of the mulberry family, having oblong, shining, leathery leaves, growing native as a tall tree in India, the Malay Archipelago, etc., used as a source of rubber and cultivated in Europe and America as an ornamental house plant.
  2. any plant yielding caoutchouc or India rubber.
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