an·​thur·​ium | \ an-ˈthu̇r-ē-əm How to pronounce anthurium (audio) , -ˈthyu̇r- \

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

Examples of anthurium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Aside from dozens of bouquets to choose from, there are flower plants like orchids, hydrangeas, and anthuriums to choose from. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 10 best places to order flowers online for Mother’s Day," 4 May 2020 Try botanicals with contrasting textures, like stiff palms and waxy anthurium, and put the stems in a cup of water inside the vase to keep the pampas dry. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "Houseplants May Wither But This Pampas Grass Is Eternal," 1 May 2020 Order some houseplants from The Sill, like a white orchid ($75) or red anthurium ($65). Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, "Hawaii Is Only As Far As Your Living Room With This At-home Luau," 7 Apr. 2020 For Valentine’s Day, this avant-garde design studio is skipping the red roses and serving up lush greens, anthuriums, and wildflowers. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Treat Yourself to One of These Fabulous Floral Workshops," 10 Feb. 2020 The Look: Tropicalia Versatile anthurium, heliconia, calla lilies, and cone ginger are your friends here, and feel free to lean on Monstera, banana leaves, and Alocasia for greenery. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too: Here’s a Better Way to Bouquet," 12 Feb. 2020 Lauryn Ishak for The New York Times Beneath a giant glass dome, where a waterfall plunges 130 feet through a forest, and a winding path leads past palms and fig trees, orchids and anthurium, a robot came rolling around a bend. Stephanie Rosenbloom, New York Times, "My 27-Hour Vacation in Singapore’s Changi Airport," 2 Dec. 2019 Designed by Phil John Perry for Rebel Rebel, the ornate arrangement boasts everything from peonies to anthurium bundled together to create an over-the-top piece. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "In Honor of Beyoncé’s September Cover, the Best Floral Headpieces on the Runway," 7 Aug. 2018 Pictured: Two blush vein anthuriums against a monstera leaf. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "As Seen On Good Day LA: Flower Arranging," 26 Jan. 2011

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First Known Use of anthurium

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anthurium

borrowed from New Latin, genus name, from Greek ánthos "flower" + ourá "tail" + New Latin -ium -ium — more at antho-, ass entry 2

Note: Taxon introduced by the Austrian botanist Heinrich Wilhelm Schott (1794-1865) in Wiener Zeitschrift für Kunst, Literatur, Theater und Mode, Nr. 100, August 20, 1829, p. 828.

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12 May 2020

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“Anthurium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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