philodendron [fil- uh- den-dr uh n] Word Origin See more synonyms for philodendron on Thesaurus.com a tropical American climbing plant belonging to the genus Philodendron, of the arum family, usually having smooth, shiny, evergreen leaves, often used as an ornamental houseplant. Origin of philodendron 1875–80;
noun use of neuter of
fond of trees, in reference to its climbing habit. See
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British Dictionary definitions for philodendron noun plural -drons or -dra ( -drə) any aroid evergreen climbing plant of the tropical American genus Philodendron: cultivated as house plants Word Origin
C19: New Latin from Greek: lover of trees
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Word Origin and History for philodendron n.
1837, from the Modern Latin genus name (1830), from Greek
philodendron, neuter of philodendros "loving trees," from philo- "loving" (see philo-) + dendron "tree" (see dendro-). The plant so called because it clings to trees.
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