aroid

(redirected from aroids)
Also found in: Thesaurus.
Related to aroids: Araceae

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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

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]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
As you stand at the edge of the waterfall or look up from ground level our living bridge takes centre stage and will slowly be covered with climbers and plants which grow on trees in the wild such as bromeliads, orchids and aroids.
The three-day event will showcase cactus and succulent (CNS) exhibits from the gardens of Arid and Aroids, Aireen Bernal, Savanah Lamsen, and an exhibit table from the NCSOPI officers headed by its president, Amy Lastimosa.
(2009) Tropical Root and Tuber crops: Cassava, Sweet Potato, Yams and Aroids. CABI, Wallingford, UK.
Other exotic species include palm trees, aroids (which look a bit like orchids), aloes, mulberry and fig trees.
Not to be outdone, gesneriads, calatheas and aroids will show off how foliage is also capable of attracting pollinators with vibrantly-colored features, anatomical variations and pigment.
The infestation of the mealy bug, Rhizoecus amorphophalli Betrem, on stored tubers of aroids and yams is a major concern among the tuber crop farmers.
Lebot, Tropical Root and Tuber Crops: Cassava, Sweet Potato, Yams, Aroids, Crop Production Science in Horticulture Series no.
Some of these nonproducers include aroids (Araceae family), the Amaranthaceae and yams (Dioscorea spp.), trees in a number of different families, and most cacti.