American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various climbing tropical American plants of the genus Philodendron, many of which are cultivated as houseplants.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of araceous plants, type of tribe Philodendreæ and the subfamily Philodendroideæ, characterized by a fruit not included in the persistent spathe, stamens united into a prismatic body, and distinct two- to ten-celled ovaries with the orthotropous ovules fixed to the inner angle of the cells. There are about 120 species, natives of tropical America. They are climbing shrubs, with broad coriaceous leaves and short terminal or axillary peduncles, commonly in clusters. They bear fieshy white, red, or yellowish spathes, and a closely flowered spadix, followed by a dense mass of berries. (See
Araceæ.) Some West Indian species are there known as wake-robin.
- n. botany Any of several climbing plants, of the genus Philodendron, native to America and the West Indies that are often grown as house plants.
- n. often grown as a houseplant
- New Latin Philodendron, genus name, from Greek, neuter of philodendros, fond of trees (from the fact that in its tropical American habitat it twines around trees) : philo-, philo- + dendron, tree. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Debating a philodendron is kind of foolish if your as viciously ideological and incapable of thinking as the typical Repugnantcon.”
“So of course we understand how it is that you necessasrily cannot understand something that a philodendron could easily grasp.”
“I have a couple of orchids, which grow quite well by themselves here in Florida, and a potted philodendron that my sister gave me on my 30th birthday.”
“Years and years ago, in the dark ages when I was a young teenager, it was fashionable to fill your room with houseplants - spider plants, philodendron, ferns, ivy-green leggy things cradled in macrame hangars or tucked into brightly colored ceramic pots.”
“We couldn't say who noticed it first and no one would admit to seeing it arrive; but one day, there it was— a perfect 10 inch variegated philodendron with heart-shaped leaves— sitting on the top shelf of Margaret's cubicle.”
“Next to the philodendron Margaret placed a small cactus.”
“He had read somewhere that it was a good idea to dip the roots of houseplants in an aquarium and promptly plunged his mother's philodendron into the family fish tank.”
“ She had a row of philodendron plants that separated her property from George Crespo's.”
“Is that like shining the leaves of my philodendron with a little mayonnaise on a damp paper towel?”
“On the way to her bedroom, she slowed next to her philodendron plant that drooped over the side of the bowl, acting like this was its last day on earth.”
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