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 Philodendrons, pothos, and monstera have aerial roots, as do succulents. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Five Easy Tricks to Extend Your Plant Collection for Free," 13 Jan. 2020 Large glass bulbs, now containing clippings of a pothos plant, hang here and there. Annie Correal, New York Times, "The Secret Shop of Forgotten New York Treasures," 1 Nov. 2019 Do not spritz aeroids like pothos, monsteras, or peace lilies — anything with a waxy leafy look, says Satch. NBC News, "How to keep your indoor plants alive," 31 Oct. 2019 And so her dining room is ornamented with trailing pothos, ZZ plants and a pink rubber tree. Elizabeth G. Dunn, New York Times, "Momofuku’s Secret Sauce: A 30-Year-Old C.E.O.," 16 Aug. 2019 But the real story here is that thanks to pothos, everyone can have green thumb. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Confession: Pothos Is the Only Houseplant I Can Actually Keep Alive Because It Refuses to Die," 22 June 2018 Another big category to keep your pets from gnawing is aroids (aka arums), the group of plants including philodendrons, pothos, peace lily (Spathiphyllum), arrowhead plants (Syngonium), elephant ear (Caladium), Dieffenbachia and others. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Some of South Florida's most popular plants may be toxic to pets," 14 June 2018 For my money, the pothos is the plant with the best reward-to-effort ratio. Cam Wolf, GQ, "The Best Houseplants That Even You Can’t Kill," 24 Oct. 2017 In the 1970s, there was Watergate and war and turmoil in the Middle East, and housewives hung ivies, pothos and devil's backbone from their macramé plant hangers. Lavanya Ramanathan, chicagotribune.com, "Millennials are filling their homes — and the void in their hearts — with houseplants," 8 Sep. 2017

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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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21 Jan 2020

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“Pothos.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pothos. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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