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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.]

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]

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]
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
Translations

aspidistra

[ˌæspɪˈdɪstrə] Naspidistra f

aspidistra

nAspidistra f

aspidistra

[ˌæspɪˈdɪstrə] naspidistra
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