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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Origin and Etymology of nephthytis

New Latin, from Greek Nephthys, Egyptian goddess


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