phil·​o·​den·​dron | \ ˌfi-lə-ˈden-drən How to pronounce philodendron (audio) \
plural philodendrons also philodendra\ ˌfi-​lə-​ˈden-​drə How to pronounce philodendron (audio) \

Definition of philodendron

: any of various aroid plants (as of the genus Philodendron) that are cultivated for their showy foliage

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Examples of philodendron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For low lighting spaces, try a pothos or philodendron. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune, 21 July 2022 And when some people looked for more than a philodendron to keep them sane, an increasing number of them dug a little deeper. Dennis Peck | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 19 May 2022 Your philodendron absolutely does not like wet feet! Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 13 May 2022 This set includes a philodendron and a snake plant laurentii in 7-inch ceramic planters that come in your choice of black, cream, mint, or terra-cotta hues. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 12 May 2022 The trailing philodendron can hang from the ceiling or sit on a shelf across from a window. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 Pothos is a vining houseplant that is often mistaken for heart-leaf philodendron. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, 24 Jan. 2022 The houseplant thrives in bright indirect light and, much like the philodendron Brasil, requires water when its foliage looks limp or the first inch or two of its soil dries out. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 Everyone needs a philodendron—just be sure to keep them away from children and pets due to their toxicity. Southern Living, 4 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of philodendron

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for philodendron

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

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“Philodendron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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phil·​o·​den·​dron | \ ˌfi-lə-ˈden-drən How to pronounce philodendron (audio) \

Kids Definition of philodendron

: a plant often grown for its showy usually shiny leaves

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