from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous evergreen shrubs or small trees of the genus Schefflera, having palmately compound leaves and unisexual flowers that are grouped in umbels. It is widely grown indoors as a foliage plant. Also called umbrella tree.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants of the family Araliaceæ. See Sciadophyllum.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large genus of shrubby and climbing tropical plants having showy digitately compound foliage
New Latin Schefflera, genus name, after Jacob Christoph Scheffler (1698-1742), German botanist and physician.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)