nephthytis

noun
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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History and Etymology for nephthytis

New Latin, from Greek Nephthys, Egyptian goddess

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