dumb cane definition

  • noun:
    • See dieffenbachia.
    • an associate of this family Dieffenbachia.
    • An araceous plant of West Indies, Dieffenbachia Seguine: so-called from undeniable fact that its acridity causes inflammation for the tongue whenever chewed, and ruins the effectiveness of message.
    • an evergreen plant with large showy dark-green leaves; contains a poison that swells the tongue and neck ergo the name
    • See dieffenbachia.
    • A member of this family members Dieffenbachia.
    • An araceous plant associated with the western Indies, Dieffenbachia Seguine: so called from fact that its acridity causes inflammation of the tongue when chewed, and ruins the power of speech.
    • an evergreen plant with large showy dark-green leaves; contains a poison that swells the tongue and throat for this reason the name
  • adjective:
    • a-west Indian plant associated with Arum household (Dieffenbachia seguina), which, when chewed, causes the tongue to enlarge, and ruins temporarily the power of speech.
    • a west Indian plant regarding the Arum family members (Dieffenbachia seguina), which, whenever chewed, causes the tongue to swell, and destroys briefly the power of address.

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