Pronunciation: (dē"fun-bak'ē-u, -bä'kē-u), [key]
any of various plants belonging to the genus Dieffenbachia, of the arum family, native to tropical America, often cultivated as houseplants for their decorative foliage. Cf. dumb cane.
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