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 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 Employees get on a big videoconference, dozens of them in little panels onscreen, and share their houseplants. Paul Ford, Wired, "Stones, Clocks, and What We Should Actually Leave Behind," 21 Apr. 2020 Check out this woman who traded her roommate for almost 700 houseplants! Kathleen Corlett, Good Housekeeping, "How To Make Paper Flowers That Are Even More Stunning Than The Real Thing," 31 Aug. 2017 Now, however, their ranks have been swelled by folks with a more casual interest in growing things, plus newbies who previously thought watering a houseplant was the apex of their gardening skills. Mary Colurso |, al, "How does your garden grow (during coronavirus)?," 29 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, the houseplants were dying, and Mrs. H’s children felt weak and suffered from headaches. Andrea Michelson, Smithsonian, "Five Scientific Explanations for Spooky Sensations," 30 Oct. 2019 Bonus: Purchasing the houseplant includes a free monthly gardening service to help you with your green-thumb needs. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "This Planter Takes Care of Your Plant for Three Weeks Straight," 13 Mar. 2019 Studies show that taking care of houseplants can improve your mood and reduce stress and anxiety, which makes this a perfect gift during these troubled times. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Deliver a Houseplant to Mom's Door for the Perfect Mother's Day Surprise," 15 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of houseplant

1824, in the meaning defined above

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28 Jun 2020

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“Houseplant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 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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