anthurium


an·thur·ium

noun \an-ˈthr-ē-əm, -ˈthyr-\

Definition of ANTHURIUM

:  any of a genus (Anthurium) of tropical American plants of the arum family with large often brightly colored leaves, a cylindrical spadix, and a colored spathe

Origin of ANTHURIUM

New Latin, from Greek anthos flower + oura tail — more at anthology, ass
First Known Use: circa 1839

anthurium

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any plant of the genus Anthurium, comprising about 825 tropical herbaceous species in the arum family, many of which are popular foliage plants. A few species are widely grown for the florist trade for their showy, long-lasting blossoms; these include the flamingo lily (A. andraeanum), which boasts a salmon-red flower, and the flamingo flower, or pigtail plant (A. scherzeranum), which has a scarlet flower.

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