poinsetta vs poinsettia :

poinsetta or poinsettia

Those showy plants that appear in the stores around Christmas are “poinsettias,” named after American diplomat John R. Poinsett who introduced them into the US from Mexico. The Latin ending “-ia” is seldom pronounced as spelled, but that’s no justification for misspelling the word as “poinsetta.”

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  • n  tropical American plant having poisonous milk and showy tapering usually scarlet petallike leaves surrounding small yellow flowers
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