- 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
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Examples from the Web for rubber plant
Will, here are more poppies, and I promised Ada that I'd put that rubber-plant in her room to-night.Smith College Stories
Josephine Dodge Daskam
And saw, there beside the wide Gate, a rubber-plant, its long leaves waving gently.The Poor Little Rich Girl
The third place on the list ought to be given to the ficus, more commonly known as rubber-plant.ABC of Gardening
Eben Eugene Rexford
- 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 rubberSee also rubber tree
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