One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of several tropical plants belonging or formerly belonging to the genus Scindapsus (family Araceae), comprising epiphytic climbers native to South-East Asia; especially any of numerous cultivated varieties of the devil's ivy, Epipremnum aureum (formerly S. aureus) and of S. pictus, widely grown as house plants for their (often variegated) foliage. Also (with capital initial): the genus itself.
Mid 19th century. From scientific Latin Scindapsus, genus name from ancient Greek σκινδαψός, name of a plant resembling ivy.
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