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 Some houseplants like pothos and snake plants can even remove toxins and purify the air in your home, according to a NASA study. Alexis Potter, The Arizona Republic, "Starting a home garden? Here are Phoenix plant shops that offer pick-up or delivery," 19 Sep. 2020 Containing 858 individual plants in 4-inch pots, the wall, installed and maintained by Natura, consists of alternating sections of dark green schefflera and lighter neon pothos. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Green walls covered with plants can have mood-boosting, stress-reducing health benefits," 22 Aug. 2020 Your best bet: Choose the sunniest south-facing window available, and if all windows face elsewhere, pick a more forgiving succulent like aloe or throw in the towel and opt for a sturdy pothos. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 Helpful Tips for Growing Healthy Succulents," 21 May 2020 Pair Pothos with Golden Pyrite Golden pyrite and pothos paired cultivate abundance—something every multi-hyphenate needs in her toolkit. Tanya Lichtenstein, Sunset Magazine, "How Pairing Crystals and Plants Can Alleviate Stress and Cultivate Abundance," 22 May 2020 Home Depot and Lowe’s are fantastic for indoor plants, especially pothos, ponytail palms, and hanging ferns. Liv Birdsall, USA TODAY, "How to brighten up your home with plants," 16 Apr. 2020 Common houseplants such as pothos, gerbera daisy and peace lily have the added benefit of being great indoor air filters as well. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Here's why you should 'make friends with nature' and get to planting a coronavirus garden," 7 Apr. 2020 Judicious trimming of a pothos, for instance, produces new plants in new pots and promotes fullness in the original. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Stuck inside? Tips for indoor gardening to bring green to your space while quarantined," 1 Apr. 2020 Propagating houseplants, such as Epipremnum aureum, or pothos, is one of the easiest ways to clone your favorite houseplants. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "10 ways to bond with your houseplants while you’re at stuck home," 27 Mar. 2020

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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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“Pothos.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pothos. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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