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

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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 Image 2018 is shaping up to be the year of the anthurium, formerly a lead contender for world’s most despised flower. New York Times, "The Return of Decadent ’80s Flowers," 16 Apr. 2018 Situated on a cleared bluff, the two-story wooden and glass-sided lodge was surrounded by flowering plants—poinsettias, anthuriums, heliconias, and ferns—and had a breathtaking view over the descending hills to the sea. Jon Lee Anderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Stepping Beyond Cartagena: Exploring Colombia's Northern Reaches," 21 Mar. 2018 Her use of lustrous seeds, waxy leaves and the high gloss of anthurium plays tricks on the eye, the flora resembling bits of Bakelite, turquoise or coral — giving her lei an unusual and distinctly modern feel. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "The Power of Wearing Flowers," 16 Feb. 2018 Coconut frond, anthurium, orchid, celosia, and bromeliad with a LBK Studio glass sculpture, $550 at Brittany Asch, The Cut, "Exploring ‘Freakebana’, a New Style of Arranging Flowers," 12 Dec. 2017 My girlfriend just gave me the most fabulous plastic anthuriums. Laura Feinstein, Vogue, "Easy Ways to Turn Your Room Into a Rad Rebel-Girl Paradise," 13 Oct. 2017 Spiked Bismarck palm fronds, dramatic clusters of flamingo-pink anthuriums, flowering quince branches — MetaFlora’s bold arrangements are unexpected and irreverent, marrying ikebana-inflected minimalism with a dash of kitsch. Lindsay Talbot, New York Times, "The New Wave in Floral Arrangements," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of anthurium

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anthurium

New Latin, from Greek anthos flower + oura tail — more at anthology, ass

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