Definition of philodendron in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌfiləˈdendrən/

noun (plural philodendrons or philodendra /-drə/)

A tropical American climbing plant that is widely grown as a greenhouse or indoor plant.
  • Genus Philodendron, family Araceae.
Example sentences
  • Aloe vera, chrysanthemums, golden pothos, philodendrons, and spider plants are believed to be effective air filters.
  • There are many more plants that will thrive in medium light, among them Irish moss, Tahitian bridal veil, heart-leaved philodendron, pitcher plant, and butterwort.
  • If you've got sun for half a day your options are widened to those plants with broad glossy green leaves such as philodendrons, monsteras and umbrella trees.


Late 19th century: from philo- 'loving' + Greek dendron 'tree'.

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Syllabification: phil·o·den·dron

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