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rubber plant

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.
any plant yielding caoutchouc or India rubber.
Origin of rubber plant
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Yet here it is, with a rubber plant in one corner and a trellis for imaginary vines in the other.

    Chimney-Pot Papers Charles S. Brooks
  • Mrs. Morrison was washing the glossy leaves of the rubber plant.

    The Spectacle Man Mary F. Leonard
  • Bushes which yield acid, suitable for coagulating the milk of the rubber plant, grow alongside.

  • There was a rubber plant in one window; a flea-bitten terrier sat in the other, wondering when he was to have his day.

  • Number 94 maintained its rubber plant on console-table in dark vestibule.

    Immortal Youth Lucien Price
  • Mun Bun was staring with all his eyes (and he had two very bright ones) at the rubber plant.

  • There is one kind of rubber plant which all of you must have seen.

    Rubber Edith A. Browne
  • Another valuable plant in commerce and one which abounds in this section is the India rubber plant.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • Then Joe got awful polite and backed over a rubber plant an says "My gawd excuse me."

    "That's me all over, Mable" Edward Streeter
  • My rubber plant for your victrola, each offering what he has and seeking his deficiency.

    Chimney-Pot Papers Charles S. Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for rubber plant

rubber plant

a moraceous plant, Ficus elastica, with glossy leathery leaves: a tall tree in India and Malaya, it is cultivated as a house plant in Europe and America
any of several tropical trees, the sap of which yields rubber See also rubber tree
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