caladium

[ kuh-ley-dee-uhm ]
/ kəˈleɪ di əm /

noun

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: originally coined as genus name for taro on basis of Malay kəladi (spelling keladi) araceous plant; see -ium
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British Dictionary definitions for caladium

caladium
/ (kəˈleɪdɪəm) /

noun

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

Word Origin for caladium

C19: from New Latin, from Malay kěladi araceous plant
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