anthurium

anthurium

[an-thoor-ee-uhm]
noun
any tropical American plant belonging to the genus Anthurium, of the arum family, certain species of which are cultivated for their glossy red heart-shaped bract surrounding a rodlike spike of tiny yellow flowers.

Origin:
1829; < Neo-Latin Anthurium, equivalent to anth- anth- + -urium < Greek our(á) tail + Neo-Latin -ium -ium

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anthurium (ænˈθjʊərɪəm)
 
n
any of various tropical American aroid plants constituting the genus Anthurium, many of which are cultivated as house plants for their showy foliage and their flowers, which are borne in a long-stalked spike surrounded by a flaring heart-shaped white or red bract
 
[C19: New Latin, from antho- + Greek oura a tail]

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