philodendron

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

Definition of philodendron

plural

philodendrons

also

philodendra

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

Illustration of philodendron

Origin and Etymology of philodendron

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


First Known Use: 1877


PHILODENDRON Defined for English Language Learners

philodendron

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

Definition of philodendron for English Language Learners

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


PHILODENDRON Defined for Kids

philodendron

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

Definition of philodendron for Students

  1. :  a plant often grown for its showy usually shiny leaves



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up philodendron? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a person who is a bore or nuisance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • peter-bruegel-tower-of-babel-painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!