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British Dictionary definitions for alocasia


  1. any of various tropical plants of the genus AlocasiaSee aroid
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Word Origin

New Latin from Greek kolokāsiā lotus root
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Examples from the Web for alocasia

Historical Examples

  • The alae replied: “It is in the leaf of the a-pe plant” (Alocasia macrorrhiza).

    Hawaiian Folk Tales


  • A new plant, modelled like the Caladiums, the Alocasia Metallica, excited him even more.

    Against The Grain

    Joris-Karl Huysmans

  • Edible but itchy root, grown as ornamental and wild: Alocasia macrorrhiza.