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ar·oid

 (ăr′oid′, âr′-)
n.
Any of various perennial herbs in the family Araceae, having tiny flowers crowded in a spadix that is subtended by a spathe and including houseplants such as anthurium, dieffenbachia, and philodendron.


ar′oid′ adj.

aroid

(ˈærɔɪd; ˈɛər-)
adj
(Botany) Also: araceous of, relating to, or belonging to the Araceae, a family of plants having small flowers massed on a spadix surrounded by a large petaloid spathe. The family includes arum, calla, and anthurium
n
(Botany) any plant of the Araceae
[C19: from New Latin Arum type genus + -oid; see arum]

ar•oid

(ˈær ɔɪd, ˈɛər-)
adj.
1. belonging to the arum family.
n.
2. any plant of the arum family.
[1875–80; < New Latin Arabic(um) + -oid]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aroid - any plant of the family Araceaearoid - any plant of the family Araceae; have small flowers massed on a spadix surrounded by a large spathe
Araceae, arum family, family Araceae - anthurium; calla lily; jack-in-the-pulpit; philodendron
Arum maculatum, cuckoopint, lords-and-ladies, jack-in-the-pulpit - common European arum with lanceolate spathe and short purple spadix; emerges in early spring; source of a starch called arum
Arum palaestinum, black calla - ornamental plant of Middle East cultivated for its dark purple spathe
alocasia, elephant ear, elephant's ear - any plant of the genus Alocasia having large showy basal leaves and boat-shaped spathe and reddish berries
amorphophallus - any plant of the genus Amorphophallus
Amorphophallus campanulatus, Amorphophallus paeonifolius, elephant yam, pungapung, telingo potato - putrid-smelling aroid of southeastern Asia (especially the Philippines) grown for its edible tuber
Amorphophallus rivieri, devil's tongue, snake palm, umbrella arum - foul-smelling somewhat fleshy tropical plant of southeastern Asia cultivated for its edible corms or in the greenhouse for its large leaves and showy dark red spathe surrounding a large spadix
Amorphophallus titanum, krubi, titan arum - malodorous tropical plant having a spathe that resembles the corolla of a morning glory and attains a diameter of several feet
Arisaema atrorubens, Arisaema triphyllum, Indian turnip, jack-in-the-pulpit, wake-robin - common American spring-flowering woodland herb having sheathing leaves and an upright club-shaped spadix with overarching green and purple spathe producing scarlet berries
Arisaema dracontium, green dragon - early spring-flowering plant of eastern North America resembling the related jack-in-the-pulpit but having digitate leaves, slender greenish yellow spathe and elongated spadix
Arisarum vulgare, friar's-cowl - tuberous perennial having a cowl-shaped maroon or violet-black spathe; Mediterranean; Canaries; Azores
caladium - any plant of the genus Caladium cultivated for their ornamental foliage variously patterned in white or pink or red
Colocasia esculenta, dalo, taro plant, dasheen, taro - herb of the Pacific islands grown throughout the tropics for its edible root and in temperate areas as an ornamental for its large glossy leaves
Dieffenbachia sequine, dumb cane, mother-in-law plant, mother-in-law's tongue - an evergreen plant with large showy dark green leaves; contains a poison that swells the tongue and throat hence the name
dracontium - any plant of the genus Dracontium; strongly malodorous tropical American plants usually with gigantic leaves
Dracunculus vulgaris, dragon arum, green dragon - European arum resembling the cuckoopint
nephthytis - any plant of the genus Nephthytis
malanga, spoonflower, tannia, Xanthosoma atrovirens, Xanthosoma sagittifolium, yautia - tropical American aroid having edible tubers that are cooked and eaten like yams or potatoes
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
Adj.1.aroid - relating to a plant of the family Araceaearoid - relating to a plant of the family Araceae
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
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Site and planting date effects on taro growth: comparison with aroid model predictions.
dieffenbachiae strains isolated from different aroid hosts and locations.
A prominent aroid in Georgia is the Jack-in-the-pulpit.
complosa has been collected from Los Rios, Quevedo, SW of Pichilingue and Canar, Cochancay, 86 km E of Guayaquil, 280 m (Heinemann & Belkin 1979) both in leaf axils of a terrestrial aroid (Montrichardia) and leaf axils of Heliconia.
In fact, the aroid was partially rooted into the domatia of the Polytaenium.
Wonder how successful ARoid and his pharmacy crew will be this year
There may be a daisy head or an aroid flower with round spadix off the left border, two kidneys and a heart in sprays at left and lower borders, and round flowers in the lower border spray, but all of these could just as easily be curled leaves.
Individuals were maintained in a communal terrarium (40 X 90 cm base, 20 cm height) containing soil, two individuals of an aroid plant, and pieces of rotting logs where they could rest and find protection from light.
Intensification of edible aroid cultivation in the Pacific islands.
In her recent review of the reproductive biology of Araceae (Bown 2000), comments on the paucity of reliable identifications of pollinators for many aroid species, and concludes: "[t]here really is no alternative, whether the species in question grows on the roadside, in the middle of a river, or in the rainforest canopy, than to be there recording every event during flowering.