capitalized : a genus of tropical Asian herbs (family Araceae) with basal long-petioled often showy leaves, a glaucous boat-shaped spathe, and reddish berries
plural -s : a plant of the genus Alocasia

Word History


New Latin, alteration of Colocasia

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of alocasia was in 1839

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“Alocasia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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