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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rubber plant

Historical Examples of 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 third place on the list ought to be given to the ficus, more commonly known as rubber-plant.

    ABC of Gardening

    Eben Eugene Rexford

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 rubberSee also rubber tree
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