an·​thur·​ium an-ˈthu̇r-ē-əm How to pronounce anthurium (audio)
: 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 From anthuriums to dahlias, each bouquet features seasonal blooms with a tropical or custom touch. Roxana Becerril, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Nov. 2023 Inside the structure, dozens of rows of plants — monstera albos, variegated alocasias and anthuriums — enjoy the warm, humid air that surrounds them. Anna Braz, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2023 Everything Jonathan Anderson does reminds me of becoming somebody else, somewhere else...or even just transforming into something else entirely, like a blossoming anthurium or a glitching pixel. Harper's BAZAAR, 25 July 2023 The centerpiece of one dress was a giant anthurium flower bodice, while another put a spin on the strapless silhouette with two anthuriums as nipple covers. Frances Solá-Santiago,, 30 Mar. 2023 Loewe, for example, showed a slew of tops and dresses featuring life-like anthurium flowers in red, white, and green shades. Frances Solá-Santiago,, 30 Mar. 2023 Since then, the collection’s dramatic pieces have been spotted on Zendaya, Emily Ratajkowski and Dakota Fanning — who each wore looks featuring suggestive anthurium blooms — while Gal Gadot opted for a more subtle black pannier midi dress for a recent Tiffany & Co. event in New York. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, 21 June 2023 Meanwhile, Dakota pulled from Loewe's spring/summer 2023 collection to wear an asymmetrical red minidress adorned with one faux anthurium flower on the right side of the bust. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Apr. 2023 Models at the show wore equally surrealist looks while walking around a giant fiberglass anthurium; some of them even had an enlarged version of the dionysian flower sandwiched across their torso to make a backless top or wrapped around one breast like the sensual bra cup of a dress. Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


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.

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anthurium was in 1833

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“Anthurium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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