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[fil-uh-den-druh n] /ˌfɪl əˈdɛn drən/

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.
noun (pl) -drons, -dra (-drə)
any aroid evergreen climbing plant of the tropical American genus Philodendron: cultivated as house plants

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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