house·​plant | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌplant How to pronounce houseplant (audio) \

Definition of houseplant

: a plant grown or kept indoors

Examples of houseplant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bring the outdoors inside with a houseplant from The Sill. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "12 things that will make your home more relaxing," 6 Nov. 2020 Hoya carnosa or wax plant is an old-fashioned houseplant that has been around for years. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "Mystery plants for October 19," 25 Oct. 2020 Bloomscape's resident plant expert, Joyce Mast, advises evaluating your home and lifestyle before choosing a houseplant to hang in your home. Lisa Boone, Star Tribune, "Indoor gardening is taking root," 22 Sep. 2020 In the wild, the Swiss cheese plant produces fruit, but that's rare as a houseplant. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "How to Take Care of Monstera Deliciosa, the Swiss Cheese Plant," 20 Aug. 2020 Read: unmade beds, piles of laundry, or the ubiquitous beige blank wall with the hint of a houseplant in the background. Country Living, "Look! We Made Pretty Country Backgrounds for Your Zoom Calls," 27 Apr. 2020 Known for its usefulness in soothing sunburns and skin irritation, aloe vera also makes a gorgeous houseplant. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "Aldi Is Selling Tons of Cute Houseplants For Less Than $10 This Month," 1 July 2020 There's never a wrong time to add a new houseplant to your collection, especially ones that don't need a lot of care to survive. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Amazon Is Having a One-Day Sale on Live Succulents Today," 19 June 2020 Etsy has dozens of shops selling these handmade pots for houseplants, featuring cool textures and bright colors. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "Upgrade Your Houseplants into Exciting Art Pieces with These 3D-Printed Planters," 20 May 2020

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First Known Use of houseplant

1824, in the meaning defined above

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19 Nov 2020

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“Houseplant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of houseplant

: a plant that is grown or kept indoors


house·​plant | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌplant How to pronounce houseplant (audio) \

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: a plant grown or kept indoors

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