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dumb cane

noun
1.
a West Indian foliage plant, Dieffenbachia seguine, of the arum family, having yellow-blotched leaves that cause temporary speechlessness when chewed.
Also called dumb plant, mother-in-law plant.
Origin of dumb cane
1690-1700
First recorded in 1690-1700
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British Dictionary definitions for dumb-cane

dumb-cane

noun
1.
a West Indian aroid plant, Dieffenbachia seguine, chewing the stem of which induces speechlessness by paralysing the throat muscles
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