neph·​thy·​tis | \ nefˈthītə̇s, ˈnefthət- \

Definition of nephthytis

1 capitalized : a small genus of tropical western African creeping or twining rhizomatous herbs (family Araceae) that usually have long-petioled sagittate leaves and include some (as N. afzelii) that are cultivated as ornamental foliage plants
2 plural nephthytis
a : any plant of the genus Nephthytis
b : any of several plants that are confused with or have formerly been included among members of the genus Nephthytis

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New Latin, from Greek Nephthys, Egyptian goddess

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“Nephthytis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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