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air plant

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noun
  1. an epiphyte.
  2. Also called life plant. a tropical plant, Kalanchoe pinnata, of the stonecrop family, having pale green flowers tinged with red and new plants sprouting at the leaf notches.
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Origin of air plant

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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  • Unless it roots in earth it is not a tree, but an air-plant or a cobweb.

    A Woman of the World

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • A plant growing attached to another plant, but not parasitic; an air-plant.


British Dictionary definitions for air plant

air plant

noun
  1. an epiphyte, esp an orchid of the large Old World tropical genus Aerides, grown for its white scented flowers spotted with red, purple, or rose, or a bromeliad, esp of the genus Tillandsia
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air plant in Science

air plant

  1. See epiphyte.
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