peace lily Unabridged


[spey-thuh-fil-uhm, -thuh-, spath-uh-]
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.
Also called peace lily, spathe flower.

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