- any of a genus (Philodendron) of tropical American vines of the arum family, often with leathery, heart-shaped leaves, used commonly as a houseplant
- loosely any similar plant
Origin: ModL from neuter of Glassical Greek philodendros, loving trees from philos, loving plush dendron, tree
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noun pl. phil·o·den·drons or phil·o·den·dra
Origin: New Latin Philodendron, genus name, from Greek, neuter of philodendros, fond of trees (from the fact that in its tropical American habitat it twines around trees) : philo-, philo- + dendron, tree; see deru- in Indo-European roots.