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as·pi·dis·tra

 (ăs′pĭ-dĭs′trə)
n.
Any of various eastern Asian plants of the genus Aspidistra, especially A. elatior, which has large evergreen basal leaves and small, brownish bell-shaped flowers and is widely cultivated as a houseplant. Also called cast-iron plant.

[New Latin Aspidistra, genus name, from Greek aspis, aspid-, shield.]
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aspidistra

(ˌæspɪˈdɪstrə)
n
(Plants) any Asian plant of the liliaceous genus Aspidistra, esp A. lurida, a popular house plant with long tough evergreen leaves and purplish flowers borne on the ground
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek aspis shield, on the model of Tupistra genus of liliaceous plants]
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as•pi•dis•tra

(ˌæs pɪˈdɪs trə)

n., pl. -tras.
any of several E Asian plants of the genus Aspidistra, of the lily family, having long, glossy leaves often striped with white.
[1815–25; < New Latin]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aspidistra - evergreen perennial with large handsome basal leavesaspidistra - evergreen perennial with large handsome basal leaves; grown primarily as a foliage houseplant
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Aspidistra - genus of eastern Asiatic herbs; sometimes placed in the family Convallariaceae
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Translations

aspidistra

[ˌæspɪˈdɪstrə] Naspidistra f
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aspidistra

nAspidistra f
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aspidistra

[ˌæspɪˈdɪstrə] naspidistra
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An easy plant to give a room a botanical burst is the old favourite aspidistra. Known as the cast iron plant, it thrives on neglect.
Jamie recommends trying out Aspidistra, Monstera or cacti.
The plant Aspidistra elatior can survive harsh conditions and doesn't need much upkeep or attention.
"It is, for the most part, a green garden all during the year," says Bradley, "with aspidistra, Japanese holly fern, varieties of hostas, and numerous other ferns."
flair to y ASP T ASPIDISTRA: THE CAST IRON PLANT THE aspidistra really is as hard as nails.
Some old-fashioned terms, such as "foolscap" and "aspidistra," will be unfamiliar to teens but will not detract from the storyline.
He discusses educating Eric Blair (Orwell's birth name) and Burmese Days; Paris and London; A Clergyman's Daughter, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, and The Road to Wigan Pier; Homage to Catalonia, Coming Up for Air, and the outbreak of war; the Second World War; 1945-46 and Animal Farm, and 1947-49 and Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Ieuan remembered that parlour, with its aspidistra and heavy, gilt-edged Bible resting on the stand before the lace-skirted window.
Dear Diarmuid, I bought an aspidistra house plant and it came with no instructions on feeding or watering, or why the tips of the leaves turn brown.