Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various perennial herbs in the arum family, including houseplants such as the anthurium, dieffenbachia, and philodendron and having tiny flowers crowded in a spadix that is subtended by a spathe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any plant of the family Araceae, found chiefly in the tropics

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to, or resembling, the Arum family of plants (Araceae).
  • n. Any plant of the Arum family (Araceæ); -- have small flowers massed on a spadix surrounded by a large spathe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like or representing the genus Arum or the family Araceæ: as, an aroid type.
  • n. One of the Aroideœ or Araceœ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to a plant of the family Araceae
  • n. any plant of the family Araceae; have small flowers massed on a spadix surrounded by a large spathe

Etymologies

ar(um) + -oid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Other rare plants include the sedge Machaerina rubiginosa, the aroid Cyrtosperma merkusii, and floating water plants such as Hydrocharis dubia and water chestnut (Trapa maximoviscii).

    Western Java rain forests

  • The Sumatra rain forests are home to some of the world's most charismatic flowering plants: Rafflesia arnoldii, which produces the largest flower in the world (up to 1 meters (m) wide), and Amorphophallus titanum, which stands more than 2 m tall and produces aroid flowers.

    Sumatran lowland rain forests

  • W. Pownall, the representative of the Australian Wine Company, explained before the Vegetable Products Commission in Victoria, a knowledge of cellar routine and cellar work would aroid the spoiling of much good wine.

    The Art of Living in Australia

  • He had been at pains, too, to smooth down the face of the rock for the reception of the unshaded daubs of terra-cotta, using peradventure the flat stone upon which he was wont to bruise the hot and biting roots of the aroid

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • In vegetation so dense it was sometimes impossible to find the ground, we collected wild begonias and salvias, delicate ferns and oxalis, boehmerias and at least three unknown plants, a new species of Dalbergia, a new Centropogon with a brilliant red corolla, and an exquisite aroid later named for Tim, Caladium plowmanii.

    One River

  • In Part III (38 mins., beginning the second videotape), he discusses corm-producing aroid species such as tanias, taros, eddoes and dasheens.

    Chapter 24

  • Chemical composition of nine edible aroid cultivars of Bangladesh.

    Chapter 18

  • The classical example of this is the treatment, before eating, of yams (Dioscorea spp.) and keladis, taros, cocoyams (aroid yams of the genera Colocasia, Xanthosoma, Amorphophallus), tapioca, cassava (Manihot esculenta Cranz), and the so-called cabbages of palms.

    Chapter 19

  • Recently a patented drug, "Tonga," has obtained considerable notoriety for curing obstinate neuralgia of the head and face -- this turning out to be the dried scraped stem of an aroid (or arum) called

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • We meet with organism of the form in the family of the Araceæ, or aroid plants.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 460, October 25, 1884

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