philodendron

noun phil·o·den·dron \ ˌfi-lə-ˈden-drən \

Definition of philodendron

plural philodendrons also philodendra play \ˌfi-lə-ˈden-drə\
: any of various aroid plants (as of the genus Philodendron) that are cultivated for their showy foliage

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Origin and Etymology of philodendron

New Latin, from Greek, neuter of philodendros loving trees, from phil- + dendron tree — more at dendr-


PHILODENDRON Defined for English Language Learners

philodendron

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Definition of philodendron for English Language Learners

  • : a kind of plant with attractive leaves that people often grow indoors


PHILODENDRON Defined for Kids

philodendron

noun phil·o·den·dron \ ˌfi-lə-ˈden-drən \

Definition of philodendron for Students

: a plant often grown for its showy usually shiny leaves


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