Definition of spathodea
1 capitalized : a genus of tropical African evergreen trees (family Bignoniaceae) used as ornamentals in tropical and subtropical regions and having large odd-pinnate or ternate leaves and showy orange or scarlet flowers in terminal panicles or racemes
2 less commonly spathodia \"\ plural -s : any plant of the genus Spathodea
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of spathodea
New Latin, from spatha + -odea, alteration of -odes
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up spathodea? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).