po·​thos | \ ˈpō-ˌthäs How to pronounce pothos (audio) \
plural pothos

Definition of pothos

: a southeast Asian climbing plant (Epipremnum aureum synonym Scindapsus aureus) of the arum family widely grown especially as a houseplant for its leathery or waxy heart-shaped green leaves that are spotted or streaked with golden yellow or white

Examples of pothos in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Certain plants, like a pothos or spider plant, are easy to propagate, meaning a cutting can grow roots and become its own plant, or be added back into the pot for a denser look. Ariel Cheung, Chicago Tribune, 18 May 2022 Pepperoni now sits beside my neon-green pothos, LL, who recently began to trail. Alicia Andrzejewski, Outside Online, 15 Apr. 2022 Scindapsus, also known as silver pothos, has heart-shape green leaves with silvery, sage green variegation. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Feb. 2022 According to Maryah Greene, a plant stylist and consultant and the founder of Greene Piece, cutting works on many common, easy-to-care-for houseplants, such as pothos, monsteras, philodendrons, snake plants and ZZ plants. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 Some, including pothos, weeping figs, dracaena and dieffenbachia, start to show cold damage when temperatures dip much below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 18 Dec. 2021 Forget low-maintenance pothos and trendy fiddle-leaf figs. Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2021 During summer months, my pothos plant was growing a new leaf weekly! Claire Reid, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2021 In the house, this tropical plant requires a bit more care than the snake plant or pothos. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pothos

1822, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pothos

New Latin, from Sinhalese pȯṭā

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27 May 2022

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“Pothos.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pothos. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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