bowstring hemp


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bowstring hemp grown as a houseplant for its mottled fleshy sword-shaped leaves or as a source of fiber
    • n bowstring hemp strong fiber that resembles hemp; obtained from sansevieria and used for e.g. cordage
    • n bowstring hemp hemp obtained from the sansevieria
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bowstring hemp See under African, and Bowstring.
    • Bowstring hemp (Bot) the tenacious fiber of the Sanseviera Zeylanica, growing in India and Africa, from which bowstrings are made.
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In literature:

The bowstring was made of Indian hemp or the sinews of the deer.
"The Story of American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell