Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several Old World plants, such as the cuckoopint, of the genus Arum, having basal, arrowhead-shaped leaves.
  • n. Any of several related plants, such as the arrow arum and water arum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flower or plant in the genus Arum

Etymologies

Latin, wake-robin, from Greek aron.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • My arum is peeking out « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

    My arum is peeking out « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

  • “Kulkasá,” a kind of arum or yam, eaten boiled like our potatoes.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • # -- Round their villages and pahs they dug up the soil and planted the sweet potato, and the taro, which is the root of a kind of arum lily; they also grew the gourd called calabash, from whose hard rind they made pots and bowls and dishes.

    History of Australia and New Zealand From 1606 to 1890

  • "Kulkasá," a kind of arum or yam, eaten boiled like our potatoes.

    Arabian nights. English

  • One has a sunflower to contemplate, the other an arum lily, and their delicate features are distinguishable only by the man's artistic moustache.

    In praise of … teapots | Editorial

  • "Her music was extraordinary," said local resident Tessa Crockett, 58, who bundled a bouquet of arum lilies to place outside a police cordon around Ms. Winehouse's flat.

    Troubled Singer, Famous for Husky Voice, Dies at 27

  • Photos Associated Press "Her music was extraordinary," said local resident Tessa Crockett, 58, who bundled a bouquet of arum lillies to place outside a police cordon around Ms. Winehouse's flat.

    Singer Amy Winehouse Found Dead

  • Flowers and berries of honeysuckle entwine new growth on woody tops of the banks and, in the footings, the poisonous scarlet berries of arum – or cuckoo pint – are unusually prolific.

    Country diary: St Stephens-by-Saltash

  • The cuckoopint is an arum that appears in our woods in April, and is also known as lords-and-ladies, starch-root, Adam-and-Eve, bobbins and Wake Robin.

    The power of spring flowers

  • The blame lies with the plant's appearance – it has speckled leaves and its flowers are well-hidden, but their spathe (the special leaf that protects the flowers of an arum) and spadix (the spike on which the flowers are arranged), are said to resemble male and female genitalia.

    The power of spring flowers

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