ka·​lan·​choe ˌka-lən-ˈkō-ē How to pronounce kalanchoe (audio)
 also  kə-ˈlaŋ-kə-(ˌ)wē,
 or  ˈka-lən-ˌchō
: any of a genus (Kalanchoe) of chiefly African tropical succulent herbs or shrubs of the orpine family often cultivated as ornamentals

called also bryophyllum

Examples of kalanchoe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After months of growth, your kalanchoe may need a size larger container. Tom MacCubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 15 Jan. 2022 Expect your kalanchoe plants to continue flowering through mid-spring. Tom MacCubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 15 Jan. 2022 This indoor planter includes a mix of calming green foliage plants, a kalanchoe, and a peace lily, which symbolizes solitude, serenity, and of course, peace. Stephanie Perry, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Aug. 2021 Actually, ’tis the time of year to look for — and buy — kalanchoe. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Nov. 2019 Fortunately, kalanchoe can be forced into flowering. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Nov. 2019 Scientifically called kalanchoe tomatosa, they've also been known as chocolate soldiers and are an extremely popular houseplant. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, 3 May 2019 Flowers like African violets, Phalaenopsis orchids, and kalanchoe do especially well indoors, but textured leaves might provide more consistent eye candy in between blooms. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 21 Aug. 2018 Place your kalanchoe in a sunny window for best performance. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Dec. 2017

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kalanchoe was in 1830

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“Kalanchoe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kalanchoe. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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ka·​lan·​choe ˌkal-ən-ˈkō-ē How to pronounce kalanchoe (audio)
: any of various chiefly African plants with juicy leaves including some grown indoors for their tiny colorful flowers

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