aspidistra

(redirected from aspidistras)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

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
References in periodicals archive ?
Bliss's first surviving composition is May-Zeeh, a teenage salon piece here receiving its premiere recording, from 1910 and is redolent of the Edwardian world of aspidistras and antimacassars.
Together with the uniform, simplified planting style, Dracaena Marginatas, Aspidistras and Zamioculcas were used to create the wow factor," said Pardoe.
Together with the uniform, simplified planting style Dracaena Marginatas, Aspidistras and Zamioculcas were used to create the wow-factor, a statement said.
Soon I found myself trundling along at 50, just to keep my five aspidistras.
ASPIDISTRAS were originally found amidst other foliage plants in forests in the Far East.
From their aspidistras to breakfasts, from overstuffed sofas to grand tours, everything was done on a larger-than-life scale.
Aspidistras make a great addition to cut flower arrangements because their foliage lasts for weeks.
It was probably one of a pair and was the sort of thing any respectable Victorian family would love to have on show in their darkly panelled hall, no doubt replete with a few dead animal heads and pots of aspidistras.