mother-in-law plant


Definition for mother-in-law plant (2 of 2)

dumb cane


a West Indian foliage plant, Dieffenbachia seguine, of the arum family, having yellow-blotched leaves that cause temporary speechlessness when chewed.

Origin of dumb cane

First recorded in 1690–1700
Also called dumb plant, mother-in-law plant. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019