Definition of Christmas flower
1. Noun. Tropical American plant having poisonous milk and showy tapering usually scarlet petallike leaves surrounding small yellow flowers.
Group relationships: Euphorbia, Genus Euphorbia
Generic synonyms: Spurge
Christmas Flower Pictures
Click the following link to bring up a new window with an automated collection of images related to the term: Christmas Flower Images
Lexicographical Neighbors of Christmas Flower
Literary usage of Christmas flower
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Cyclopædia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia, Commercial, Industrial by Edward Balfour (1871)
"Allusion has; been made to the well known Chrysanthemum, or christmas flower, as likely to possess an oil of similar character, and perhaps possessing ..."
2. Natural History of Hawaii: Being an Account of the Hawaiian People, the by William Alanson Bryan (1915)
"The christmas flower, or poinsettia,32 is recognized by the stranger in the islands from temperate climates as a familiar hot-house friend. ..."
3. Cassell's Picturesque Australasia by Edward Ellis Morris (1889)
"... first light branches, and their bases hidden in the dense undergrowth of musk, white christmas flower, and the. large feathery discs of the tree-ferns. ..."