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Philodendron sp.


n. pl. phil·o·den·drons or phil·o·den·dra (-drə)
Any of various climbing tropical American plants of the genus Philodendron, many of which are cultivated as houseplants.

[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; see deru- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -drons or -dra (-drə)
(Plants) any aroid evergreen climbing plant of the tropical American genus Philodendron: cultivated as house plants
[C19: New Latin from Greek: lover of trees]
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(ˌfɪl əˈdɛn drən)

n., pl. -drons, -dra.
any tropical American climbing plant belonging to the genus Philodendron, of the arum family, usu. having smooth, shiny, evergreen leaves: grown as a houseplant.
[1875–80; < New Latin < Greek, n. use of neuter of philódendros fond of trees, in reference to its climbing habit. See philo-, -dendron]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.philodendron - often grown as a houseplantphilodendron - often grown as a houseplant    
genus Philodendron - any of several tropical American climbing plants with smooth shiny evergreen leaves
liana - a woody climbing usually tropical plant
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[ˌfɪləˈdɛndrən] nfilodendro
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Trailing plants work well, including spider plants; heart-leaf philodendron and chestnut vine.
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smocks and a fat philodendron in a white wire basket!