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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.]
(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]
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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|Noun||1.||aspidistra - 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