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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Recent Examples on the Web Beloved by Target shoppers, this philodendron, with those iconic leaves, is sure to make a statement in your home. Ana Connery, CNN Underscored, "16 artificial plants and flowers that actually look real," 28 Sep. 2020 This looks like a kind of philodendron with large, shiny dark green leaves. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Conifers in containers need special care," 13 June 2020 Follow a watering schedule and your philodendron should then grow well. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Conifers in containers need special care," 13 June 2020 Other plant types Aldi is offering include : dracena, spathiphyllum, philodendron, palm, and lubbersii. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Aldi Is Selling a Variety of Exotic Tropical House Plants, and Your Guests Will Never Know That They're Only $13," 27 Jan. 2020 Potted philodendron trails down my bookcase, majesty palm and fiddle leaf fig trees flank my living room sofa, and a variety of succulents and cacti dot countertops and tables. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Elevate Your Houseplant Collection with These Pretty Wall Planters Under $50," 7 Apr. 2020 The pink princess philodendron is not rare for any of those reasons, really. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The Princess, the Plantfluencers, and the Pink Congo Scam," 19 Feb. 2020 Epiphytes, including orchids, staghorn ferns and goldfish plants hover over philodendron and ginger plants, to name a few. Roxanne Washington, cleveland, "Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Rainforest Adventure opens Saturday," 7 Mar. 2020 The design game is high: sharp Caribbean sun warms the black-slate walls through the massive atrium, while a profusion of palms and philodendrons create shady corners for hiding out in. Ann Abel, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Mexico: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 17 Jan. 2020

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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 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of philodendron

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


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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