One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural philodendrons, Plural philodendra
A tropical American climbing plant which is widely grown as a greenhouse or indoor plant.
Genus Philodendron, family Araceae
- ‘Aloe vera, chrysanthemums, golden pothos, philodendrons, and spider plants are believed to be effective air filters.’
- ‘There are many more plants that will thrive in medium light, among them Irish moss, Tahitian bridal veil, heart-leaved philodendron, pitcher plant, and butterwort.’
- ‘The front garden is planted with tropical plants, like bamboo and philodendron, but Adi said the owners also planned to grow other plants like mango and banana trees.’
- ‘If you've got sun for half a day your options are widened to those plants with broad glossy green leaves such as philodendrons, monsteras and umbrella trees.’
- ‘I didn't know until I looked it up that philodendrons belong to the same family as the Arum lily and the beautiful Flamingo lily, which shouldn't come as a surprise as they do have something similar about them.’
Late 19th century: from philo- ‘loving’ + Greek dendron ‘tree’.
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