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rubber plant

noun
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.
Origin of rubber plant
1885-1890
First recorded in 1885-90
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Examples from the Web for rubber plant
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  • There is one kind of rubber plant which all of you must have seen.

    Rubber Edith A. Browne
  • Number 94 maintained its rubber plant on console-table in dark vestibule.

    Immortal Youth Lucien Price
  • Mrs. Morrison was washing the glossy leaves of the rubber plant.

    The Spectacle Man Mary F. Leonard
  • For though Mrs. Brown did have an umbrella plant, and a rubber plant also, Sue's doll was not under either one.

  • The rubber plant, popular in this country as a pot and tub plant, is one of the best-known species.

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

  • The seeds of love had been well sown, and had grown up, hardy and vigorous, into a—let us call it a rubber plant.

  • I guess he thought he wasn't going to have any home at all when he saw you two in there with the rubber plant.

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

  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for rubber plant

rubber plant

noun
1.
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
2.
any of several tropical trees, the sap of which yields rubber See also rubber tree
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