sansevieria

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sansevieria grown as a houseplant for its mottled fleshy sword-shaped leaves or as a source of fiber
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sansevieria A genus of mono-cotyledonous plants of the order Hæmodoraceæ and tribe Ophiopogoneæ. It is characterized by a long and slender perianth-tube, six fili-form filaments, and a free ovary, fixed by a broad base, containing three cells and three erect ovules. There are about 10 species, natives of tropical and southern Africa and of the East Indies. They are plants of singular aspect, the true stem reduced to a short and thick rootstock from which spring long, thick, rigid, and sometimes cylindrical leaves, which are erect or spreading, resemble stems, and are filled with tough fibers. The flowers are of moderate size or sometimes very long, and are clustered among dry bracts in a dense raceme on a tall and stout unbranched leafless flower-stalk. This genus is the source of the fiber known as bowstring hemp, so named from a native use in India. (See moorva.) African bowstring hemp is the similar product of S. Guineensis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sansevieria san-sev-i-ē′ri-a a genus of monocotyledonous plants of the order Hæmodoraceæ, native to southern Africa and the East Indies, yielding bowstring-hemp.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Named after the Neapolitan Prince of Sanseviero (1710-71).

Usage

In literature:

Sisal hemp and Sansevieria have been experimented with, but without any distinct influence upon the trade output.
"The Hawaiian Islands" by The Department of Foreign Affairs
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In news:

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Below, strap-leafed sansevieria grows indoors and out.
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