Definition of philodendron in US English:



  • A tropical American climbing plant which is widely grown as a greenhouse or indoor plant.

    Genus Philodendron, family Araceae

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Aloe vera, chrysanthemums, golden pothos, philodendrons, and spider plants are believed to be effective air filters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


Late 19th century: from philo- ‘loving’ + Greek dendron ‘tree’.