from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various tropical Asian aroids of the genus Alocasia, grown as ornamentals for their large heart-shaped or arrowhead-shaped leaves.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several tropical Asian plants, of the genus Alocasia, having heart- or arrowhead-shaped leaves
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. any plant of the genus Alocasia having large showy basal leaves and boat-shaped spathe and reddish berries.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of stove foliage plants of 20 or more species belonging to the family Araceæ, natives of tropical Asia and the Malayan Islands. Closely allied to Colocasia. See cut under ape, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any plant of the genus Alocasia having large showy basal leaves and boat-shaped spathe and reddish berries
For instance, you can have a big yellow palm at the corner, with a bushy alocasia to camouflage the big pot, and a smaller asparagus in front.
At home, I can afford to have a bit more variety, including a large number of plants that I bring in from outside before frost (gardenia, jasmines, alocasia, musa).
1 BULB: Elephant's ear, colocasia spp., alocasia spp.