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

  • n. Any of various climbing tropical American plants of the genus Philodendron, many of which are cultivated as houseplants.

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  • n. Any of several climbing plants, of the genus Philodendron, native to America and the West Indies that are often grown as house plants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of araceous plants, type of the 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.

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  • n. often grown as a houseplant

Etymologies

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

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.

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