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[kuh-ley-dee-uh m]
  1. any of several tropical American plants of the genus Caladium, of the arum family, cultivated for their variegated, colorful leaves.
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Origin of caladium

1835–45; < New Latin: orig. coined as genus name for taro on basis of Malay kəladi (spelling keladi) araceous plant; see -ium
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Historical Examples of caladium

  • Lastly, how are we to account for the beauty of autumnal tints in woods, or coloured leaves in plants such as the Caladium?

    Creation and Its Records

    B.H. Baden-Powell

  • Caladium, or Elephant's Ears, should be lifted without disturbing the stem or leaves.

  • The hoactzin, Opisthocomus, feeds to a great extent upon the leaves of the aroid Montrichardia or Caladium arborescens.

  • I stood in the fountain court, leaning against a column and listening to the spray as it blew over on to the caladium leaves.

    Affinities and Other Stories

    Mary Roberts Rinehard

  • Their food consists principally of batata, besides some gabi (caladium).

British Dictionary definitions for caladium


  1. any of various tropical plants of the aroid genus Caladium, which are widely cultivated as potted plants for their colourful variegated foliage
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Word Origin for caladium

C19: from New Latin, from Malay kěladi araceous plant
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