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)
: 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 The all-purpose potting mix works well for a variety of common indoor plants, such as pothos, spider plants, monstera, philodendron, and English ivy. Renee Freemon Mulvihill, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 May 2024 The 1,200 species of plants include orchids, fruit trees, spices, ferns and philodendrons. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 23 Jan. 2024 Dense beds of philodendrons and banana trees line the red brick driveway, pushing up against the white plastered facade, from which only a few small windows face outward. Alice Newell-Hanson Stefan Ruiz, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2024 As for the 2024 plant of the year, the philodendron received the title. Sophia Beams, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Dec. 2023 This year has seen the philodendron trending in many forms, and the excitement over this trusty plant hasn't shown signs of dying down. Sophia Beams, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Dec. 2023 Holland Street in Kensington, west London, is influenced by the Roman winter festival, Saturnalia, and includes ceramic wine vessels (one for red, one white), a water fountain full of snakes and a glossy urn embossed with lions and rams, which is currently serving as a pot for a philodendron. Fiona Kerr Thomas Page McBee Ryan Haase Juan A. Ramírez Gage Daughdrill Jo Rodgers, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 And don’t throw out the jar: Keep it for storing grains, spices or other staples, or as a container for flowers, your philodendron cuttings or all those attempts at growing an avocado tree from a seed. L.a. Times Food Staff, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 Think philodendrons, pothos, herbs, and trailing plants. Sophia Beams, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Aug. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of philodendron was in 1877

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“Philodendron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural philodendrons also philodendra
: any of several plants of the arum family that are often grown for their showy usually shiny leaves

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