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spathiphyllum

[ spey-thuh-fil-uhm, -thuh-, spath-uh- ]
/ ˌspeɪ ðəˈfɪl əm, -θə-, ˌspæθ ə- /
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noun

any of various tropical plants of the genus Spathiphyllum, having a white or green spathe and a spike of fragrant flowers and often cultivated as an ornamental.

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Also called peace lily, spathe flower.

Origin of spathiphyllum

<New Latin, equivalent to Greek spáth(ē) blade, spathe + New Latin -i--i- (irregular for -o-) + Greek -phyllon, neuter of -phyllos-phyllous, in reference to the leaflike appearance of the spathes
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