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[an-thoo r-ee-uh m]
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  1. any tropical American plant belonging to the genus Anthurium, of the arum family, certain species of which are cultivated for their glossy red heart-shaped bract surrounding a rodlike spike of tiny yellow flowers.
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Origin of anthurium

1829; < New Latin Anthurium, equivalent to anth- anth- + -urium < Greek our(á) tail + New Latin -ium -ium
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British Dictionary definitions for anthurium


  1. any of various tropical American aroid plants constituting the genus Anthurium, many of which are cultivated as house plants for their showy foliage and their flowers, which are borne in a long-stalked spike surrounded by a flaring heart-shaped white or red bract
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Word Origin

C19: New Latin, from antho- + Greek oura a tail
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