noun \kə-ˈlā-dē-əm\

Definition of CALADIUM

:  any of a genus (Caladium and especially C. bicolor) of tropical American plants of the arum family widely cultivated for their showy variably colored leaves

Origin of CALADIUM

New Latin, genus name, from Malay kěladi, an aroid plant
First Known Use: 1881

Rhymes with CALADIUM


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of the tropical New World tuberous herbaceous plants that make up the genus Caladium, in the arum family, widely cultivated for their showy, fragile-looking, variably coloured leaves. Caladiums are nonhardy bulbs used as potted plants indoors and in summer outdoor plantings. They keep surprisingly well if protected from chills and wintry drafts.


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