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san·se·vie·ri·a

 (săn′sə-vîr′ē-ə, -vē-ĕr′-)
n.
Any of various tropical plants of the genus Sansevieria, native to Africa and Asia, having thick, usually lance-shaped leaves and often cultivated as houseplants.

[New Latin Sansevieria, genus name, after Raimondo di Sangro (1710-1771), Prince of San Seviero, Italy.]
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sansevieria

(ˌsænsɪˈvɪərɪə)
n
(Plants) any herbaceous perennial plant of the liliaceous genus Sansevieria, of Old World tropical regions. Some are cultivated as house plants for their erect bayonet-like fleshy leaves of variegated green (mother-in-law's tongue); others yield useful fibre (bowstring hemp)
[New Latin, named after Raimondo di Sangro (1710–71), Italian scholar and prince of San Severo]
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san•se•vi•e•ri•a

(ˌsæn sə viˈɪər i ə, -səˈvɪər i ə)

n., pl. -ri•as.
any of various plants belonging to the genus Sansevieria, having sword-shaped leaves and white or yellow flowers.
[1795–1805; < New Latin, after San Seviero, principality of Raimondo di Sangro (1710–71), learned Neapolitan]
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Noun1.sansevieria - grown as a houseplant for its mottled fleshy sword-shaped leaves or as a source of fibersansevieria - grown as a houseplant for its mottled fleshy sword-shaped leaves or as a source of fiber
agave, American aloe, century plant - tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber
genus Sansevieria - Old World tropical herbaceous perennial of the agave family; in some classifications considered a genus of Liliaceae
Ceylon bowstring hemp, Sansevieria zeylanica - plant having thick fibrous leaves transversely banded in light and dark green
mother-in-law's tongue, Sansevieria trifasciata, snake plant - stemless plant having narrow rigid leaves often cultivated as a houseplant
bowstring hemp - strong fiber that resembles hemp; obtained from sansevieria and used for e.g. cordage
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In buildings with a more modern aesthetic, architects and designers frequently favor clean lines in both the plants, such as Sanseveria, and in their containers; in more traditional buildings, design tends to incorporate more lush plants, such as kentia palms, and classic container styles.
Bowstring hemp is taken from Sanseveria, a popular house plant.