A genus of climbing plants (family Araceae) native to the Old World tropics; (also pothos) any of the members of this genus, some of which are cultivated as foliage plants.
In early use the genus also included South American members, now assigned to other genera, especially Anthurium.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in New & Complete Dictionary Arts & Science. From scientific Latin Pothos, genus name (LinnaeusSpecies Plantarum II. 968, after his use in Genera Plantarum) from Sinhala pōṭä.