poin·set·ti·a (poin-sĕtē-ə, -sĕtə)
A shrub (Euphorbia pulcherrima) native to Mexico that has a cluster of small yellow flowers surrounded by showy, usually scarlet petal-like bracts.
[New Latin, after Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779-1851), American diplomat who sent samples of the plant to the United States while in Mexico.]
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